Anthony Nolan has over 50 Marrow groups in universities around the country. Marrow groups recruit 25% of all people on the Anthony Nolan register who go on to donate. The groups also raise vital funds for our work.
Ellie Philpotts is Media Co-ordinator at Cardiff University Marrow. She is in her final year studying English Literature and Journalism.
‘I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as a teenager and once I was in remission I wanted to find a way to help. I didn’t need a transplant myself but lots of people I knew were trying to find donors.
‘I joined Marrow in Freshers’ Week in my first year. Signing people up to the register is the most rewarding thing – we’ve done a lot of clinics and signed up a lot of people but I remember all of them. Every single person has the potential to save a life. Finding out that someone who’s been recruited by Marrow has gone on to donate is the best feeling.
‘I’ve seen the difference transplants can make and that’s why I volunteer for Marrow. We really want to let people know that they could be someone’s only chance at life.
‘I’d recommend getting involved in Marrow to any student. It offers you the chance to build new skills and meet some great people, but most of all you’re making such a proactive difference.’
Ellie was awarded Outstanding Contribution at the national Marrow AGM in October 2016 and has also won a Beacon of Hope Award for her voluntary work with the Lymphoma Association.
To speak to our press team about contacting Ellie, or another case study in your area, please call 0207 424 1300 (Out of hours: 07881 265 285) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.