Jack Petchey Foundation donates largest ever trust gift

June 15, 2011
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The Jack Petchey Foundation has announced that it will donate £619,000 to Anthony Nolan, enabling us to add 11,000 potential donors to the stem cell register. The grant will also start a partnership between Anthony Nolan and the Foundation, which aims to recruit more young donors to the register.

The Foundation, founded by businessman Jack Petchey CBE, encourages young people to realise their potential and contribute to society. The Foundation decided to support Anthony Nolan after it learnt that we are urgently trying to recruit more young donors to our stem cell register.

Trudy Kilcullen, Chief Operating Officer at the Foundation, says, “We want young people to play a full part in society, and signing up to donate their blood stem cells is one of the greatest things they can do, as they could help save somebody’s life. We also know that there is a shortage of young donors, especially young men and those from different ethnic backgrounds, so we hope that this donation will harness the energy of our young and enable the charity to save even more lives.”

Henny Braund, Anthony Nolan’s Chief Executive, says, “We’re very excited about the grant, and are extremely grateful that the Foundation has decided to support us with such a generous gift, which is the largest single Trust donation we have ever received. The partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation will help us get people onto the register faster, and also raise awareness among our target audience of people aged 18 to 30 – we can’t stress enough how important it is that they come forward to join the register.”

Find out more about how to join the stem cell register.