Peter Hodes, 71, decided to volunteer for Anthony Nolan after donating his kidney to save a close friend in 2006. It made him realise the importance of organ, blood and bone marrow donation.
Peter volunteers for our Register and Be a Lifesaver programme, going into schools and giving presentations to 16–18-year-olds about the importance of bone marrow donation.
He also signs up new potential donors at recruitment events and visits donors whilst they are donating their cells to thank them for helping to potentially save a life.
Since March 2012, Peter has also been volunteering as a courier, transporting stem cells around the world to help people in desperate need of a transplant. In that time he has done over 215 trips. You can read an article about Peter's amazing journeys on the BBC website here.
Peter tells us: ‘I get huge satisfaction from all the activities that I’m involved in. Every youngster who joins the register as a result of your talk, and every time you deliver a bag of stem cells, you know you’re helping to potentially save a life. Meeting donors is an absolute thrill as these are the people who make it all happen.
‘I’m 71 years old and still working. I still find more than enough time to fit in my activities as a volunteer. Long may it continue.’
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