BRAVE Adrian Sudbury’s campaign has reached the House of Lords.
The Upper House discussed the Examiner journalist’s appeal to have information on bone marrow donation taught in schools and colleges.
And the Lords were full of praise for the 26-year-old who has weeks to live after being diagnosed with terminal leukaemia.
Junior Lords minister Baroness Thornton spoke on the NHS Give and Let Live campaign which highlights the importance of marrow and blood donation.
The baroness said the campaign would be relaunched in schools in September following Adrian’s meeting with the Prime Minster Gordon Brown, schools minister Ed Balls and health secretary Alan Johnson. All three have pledged support for Adrian’s campaign.
The Baroness also discussed plans to spread collection and transplant sites, currently only in London, across the country.
Labour peer Lord Harrison said: “My Lords, given the bravery of Adrian Sudbury who, even in his dying days, campaigned vigorously to improve the opportunities to find life-saving donors for bone marrow transplants, will my noble friend build on the need to talk to our young people in schools and colleges and impress upon them the ease and importance of giving blood, in order to find donors?
“Will she also build upon the excellent work of the national blood register and the Anthony Nolan Trust to ensure that we produce a comprehensive register, equal in effectiveness to that in Germany in providing matches for such blood donor transplants?”
The Lords also congratulated leukaemia charity the Anthony Nolan Trust, who, with Adrian, have spearheaded the campaign.
Lord Jenkin of Roding added: “My Lords, will the Minister join me in congratulating the Anthony Nolan Trust on the splendid work it has done over the years in this field? Will the Government now support the trust’s ambitious new programme to establish a cord blood donor base to provide material both for therapeutic care and for research?
Baroness Thornton: “My Lords, I am happy to join the noble Lord in congratulating and commending the Anthony Nolan Trust as the pioneer in this area.”
For information visit: www.anthony nolan.org.uk or call: 020 7284 1234.