BONE marrow donors signed up at a clinic held as part of a new Sky TV show, all inspired by former Examiner journalist, the late Adrian Sudbury.
The Anthony Nolan Trust, which runs one of the UK’s two bone marrow donor registers, held a clinic at the Examiner’s sister paper, the Liverpool Echo, yesterday to sign up more donors.
A number of donors put their names on the register to become bone marrow donors.
Former Atomic Kitten pop star Liz McLarnon helped to recruit donors.
The 27-year-old singer – the same age as Adrian when he died two weeks ago – hit the streets of Liverpool to let people know about bone marrow donation and get them to go along to the Echo offices on Old Hall Street.
The clinic and Liz’s recruitment drive were being filmed as part of a new Sky TV programme which celebrates random acts of kindness.
The show, Noel’s HQ, will be fronted by Noel Edmonds. It starts on Sky 1 on Sunday, September 14.
Veteran TV presenter Edmonds said he was inspired to cover bone marrow donation as a topic on the show after following Adrian’s campaign to recruit more donors to the register.
Adrian died on August 20 after an 18-month struggle with two types of leukaemia. He used the last months of his life to appeal for more people to become bone marrow, blood and organ donors.
He also pushed the Government into agreeing to make sure that all 17 and 18-year-olds will be educated as standard about donation in future.
Adrian’s hope was that his actions could benefit some of the 16,000 people in the world who need bone marrow transplants, such as children Ella and Sam Wright, who inspired the Liverpool clinic.
Ella and Sam are siblings who both desperately need a bone marrow transplant.
Their mother, Sally, said: “Words cannot describe how happy we would be to find a suitable match.”
You can sign up on the Anthony Nolan Trust donor register if you are aged 18 to 40 and in good health. Gay men can now sign up to the register, following a rule change.
You can sign up to the British Bone Marrow Register – run by NHS Blood and UK Transplant – if you are aged 18 to 49. You must be eligible as a blood donor to join this register.
Male donors and donors from ethnic minority groups are in particularly short supply.
For more details visit www.anthonynolan.org.uk or www.blood.co.uk or phone 0845 771 1711.