Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Dozens of Sixth Form boys and girls at Bolton School showed their caring and charitable nature over lunch when they signed up to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register, representatives of the charity having set up in the Riley Sixth Form Centre. Seventy two Year 13 boys signed up to the register last academic year and this time it was the turn of Year 12 boys and girls to put themselves forward to be potential stem cell and bone marrow donors.
Dylan Feingold, Head of the students’ Charities Committee in the Boys’ Division, was one of the first boys to sign up and explains how the process works: “Once you have given a swab and filled a form out, Anthony Nolan will then register you on their database. In the future, if your DNA is compatible with someone who is ill with blood cancer or a blood disorder, they will pair you up with them. Stem cells, which can help them get better, can be given through either blood transfusions or bone marrow. To sign up you need to be healthy and between 16-30 years of age. It’s important work and I am delighted to see so many other students signing up.”
Anthony Nolan exists to save the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders. Every day they match up donors of blood stem cells or bone marrow with people who desperately need lifesaving transplants.
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