‘I joined as part of a really big drive in Leicester for a little girl. My cousin was volunteering, taking samples at Leicester Tigers rugby ground, and I went along and signed up.
‘I’ve got quite a good Catholic upbringing and part of that has been ‘do unto others’, and so that made me want to donate. My granddad had cancer, so I know that people are always looking for hope.
‘I got a voicemail from Anthony Nolan and at first I didn’t think it was real, I was just amazed. But I rang back and they told me I was a close match.
‘I was honestly just shocked that I was a match for someone. You just don’t expect it, especially as there are so many people on the register.
‘I was a bit scared, because in my mind I thought I’d be doing the full bone marrow extraction. But at the same time I was never not going to do it, because I would want it done if it was the other way round.
‘At the hospital they said that they wouldn’t need to do the full bone marrow process and that they could take the cells from the blood instead, so that reassured me.
‘I did all the blood samples and then I was told that they had actually found a better match. And for a month I thought that was the end of it. Then I got a phone call saying the other match had fallen through for some reason and asking me whether I would still donate, and of course I said yes. Then I got called down to London.
‘I went down with my friend and got there a bit early. We went out to Baker Street to get some lunch and as we were walking along the road I felt a crunch under my feet. I looked down and I was standing on a crisp £50 note! I thought, well, that’s a little bit of karma for me!
‘I was sat in hospital with my friend for pretty much the whole day. They told me they got double what they needed so I wouldn’t have to go back the next day. It was really comfortable, even though there was all this stuff sticking out of me.
‘I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Although there were complications with the patient, the last update I got was that it eventually worked.
‘I would 100% recommend it to other people. I don’t know how to describe it, it’s quite surreal because you don’t actually see the person. But it’s comfortable, painless and so worthwhile.
‘My family and friends and work colleagues were very proud. They were surprised because I was so young, but really supportive. Now I put it in my CV, because I think it’s one of the best things I’ve done and I want people to know about it and sign up themselves.
‘I’ve been able to help someone get better and I had a great time in London, what more can I say? I loved it.’
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