Newquay police support Anthony Nolan donor recruitment day
16 to 30-year-olds invited to sign up for stem cell donation
A Newquay police officer whose donated stem cells helped a blood cancer patient will be urging others to join the Anthony Nolan register at an event to be held at Tretherras School on Tuesday, November 28.
Sergeant Ryan Berry recently joined the Anthony Nolan donors register as did Danny Glasbey, a former Tretherras student. Both were ‘tissue matched’ to patients with blood cancer and travelled to London to donate their stem cells.
Both Danny and Ryan will be at Thretherras School between 9 and 10am on 28 November to give media interviews about their experiences as stem cell donors. The donor recruitment day is being held at the school between 9am and 4pm that day through Newquay police’s partnership with Tretherras. Last November a similar campaign at the school resulted in 120 people joining the donors’ register.
Those who sign up to Anthony Nolan have their details stored on a data base so, if matched, they can provide lifesaving treatment to patients by donating stem cells. Volunteers, aged between 16 and 30 years, can join the Anthony Nolan donors register by providing their details and a mouth swab. With advances in modern medicine, 90 per cent of donors are now able to donate their stem cells in a quick and easy process similar to giving blood.
Newquay police inspector, Dave Meredith said: “I have been a member of Anthony Nolan for 17 years and also help with the recruitment of volunteers for the Anthony Nolan donors register. A few years ago I ran a campaign which resulted in 200 officers from Devon and Cornwall police joining the Anthony Nolan donors register.
“I would like to encourage anyone between the ages of 16 and 30 to attend this event and join the register. All they have to do is provide their basic details and a mouth swab. The process should take no more than about 10 minutes.”
Also available for interview at the donor day will be Andy Booth, the Post-16 Lead Coordinator and Inspector Dave Meredith.
The following links provides further information about Anthony Nolan:
Anthony Nolan web site
Who can join the register?
What does joining the register involve?
Matching donors to patients
Donating your stem cells
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