Neenah Higgins is an Anthony Nolan dedicated cord blood collector, working at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester.
Neenah was inspired to change careers and become a cord collector when she donated her own cord after the birth of her daughter Penelope.
‘St Mary’s wasn’t the closest hospital to me, but I’d heard so much about donating cord and I wanted to give something back, so I had Penelope there. After that I looked more into what Anthony Nolan is all about and decided I wanted to be part of it.
‘Returning from maternity leave to my job as a Business Manager for Estée Lauder, I realised it just wasn’t for me any more – I wanted to do something that helped people. So I was lucky that a job came up at St Mary’s. Now I love getting up and going to work – every day is different and you meet so many different people.
‘I find it so heart-breaking when people say they don’t want to donate, but we have to respect their wishes, and it doesn’t happen very often. I try to slip the fact that I have donated into the conversation, which I think helps!’
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