Blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan says thank you to students from the University of Nottingham who recruited a remarkable 508 students to the stem cell register and raised £1645.81 this academic year.
The University of Nottingham is one of over 50 universities with a ‘Marrow’ society, the name given to blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan’s network of student volunteer groups.
The first Marrow society was created 22 years ago, with the aim of recruiting students to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register. For many people with blood cancers or blood disorders, receiving stem cells from a stranger is their best chance at life, so the work done by Nottingham Marrow is invaluable.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this academic year has been particularly challenging for Marrow groups, as they have been unable to hold donor recruitment events since March. However, in May the campaign ‘Lockdown Lifesavers’ was launched, and Marrow groups across the UK created targeted social media campaigns to encourage other students to sign up to the Anthony Nolan register online.
Following the cancellation of their original fundraising plans, Marrow groups across the UK continued to fundraise by holding creative virtual fundraisers. Many groups also took on the virtual running challenge, ‘Miles for Marrow’, clocking up as many miles as possible to raise money for Anthony Nolan’s emergency Coronavirus appeal.
Since 1998, Marrow groups have recruited over 166,500 potential donors and over 1,387 of these people have donated stem cells to a patient in need of a lifesaving transplant. Over a quarter of stem cell donations that have occurred in the last two years were from young people recruited by Marrow.
Ahaan Gupta President of Nottingham Marrow, said: ‘I am so proud of the work that our amazing committee and dedicated volunteers have achieved over this year. Some of our highlights over the past year include collaborating with LawSoc and organising fundraising events such as talent shows and sponsored haircuts. I am so excited to see how the upcoming year unfolds with our new committee.’
Charlotte Cunliffe, Senior Youth Programmes Manager at Anthony Nolan, said: ‘Nottingham Marrow really are the unsung heroes helping Anthony Nolan give hope to patients with blood cancer, by signing up an incredible number of potential donors to the stem cell register, despite the challenges they have faced this year. Any one of these people could save the life of someone with blood cancer.
‘It costs £40 to add each new person to the Anthony Nolan register so the money raised by Nottingham Marrow will directly help save lives. It really has been an amazing, lifesaving year for Marrow and together, we can work towards a future where nobody is waiting for their match.’
To find out more about Marrow, or to join your local group, visit www.anthonynolan.org/marrow
To sign up to the stem cell register, go to: anthonynolan.org/nottinghammarrow
To donate, go to: JustGiving.com/campaign/nottinghammarrow2019