THIRTY workers at a Yorkshire company have joined the bone marrow register after hearing about the work of campaigning journalist Adrian Sudbury.
Staff at Skipton mortgage company HML held their own bone marrow clinic in a bid to encourage their workforce to help save lives.
One member of the team already on the register is currently undergoing tests after being identified by the Anthony Nolan Trust (Ant) as a possible match for someone with leukaemia.
Organiser Emma Heselton said: “When I saw Adrian on the news – even though he was dying – I thought it was remarkable that he was doing so much to help others.
“I had the idea then to hold a clinic at work and help raise awareness of what Adrian was doing.”
Thirty people signed up on the day and more were able to spread the word about the bone marrow register.
Emma added: “All my colleagues were really open to the idea.
“One of them was already on the register and had been told previously that she could be a match so she used the session to do more blood tests.
“She’ll definitely go for it.”
Adrian – who died in August last year – was the inspiration behind the clinic, but they hope to be able to help many more people living with leukaemia now and in the future.
Emma added: “His courage and determination inspired me and I thought that in the current financial doom and gloom HML could do something good to help.”
Nigel Gorvett, from Ant, thanked the company and said: “Clinics supported by companies like HML do a huge amount to raise awareness of bone marrow donation and help the register grow.
“Sometimes family members can donate but if we need to search for a donor we can assess over 12 million unrelated donors worldwide.”
The company is running a second clinic in their Lancashire office later this month.