Earlier this week, Nottinghamshire teens became some of the youngest bone marrow donors in the world – now it’s London’s turn. On Tuesday 9th October, we’ll be holding a special recruitment event at Upton Park, where London’s 16 and 17-year-olds can make history by signing up to the Anthony Nolan register. We’re hosting the event in conjunction with the Jack Petchey Foundation and West Ham United, so anyone who comes along will get the chance to meet some of the West Ham first team and Jack Petchey himself.
West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan – while no relation – has given his full backing to West Ham supporting our work, saying: “In the time it takes me to play one game of football, four people will have been diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia. Many will need a bone marrow transplant to save their lives. Teenagers – 16 and 17-year-olds – can now sign up as well as adults so I urge as many of you as possible to sign up so we can help Anthony Nolan save more lives.”
Jack Petchey CBE adds: “At the Jack Petchey Foundation we work with thousands of motivated young people who really want to help others. What greater way is there to help another than to potentially save a life? We recently ran a joint campaign with Anthony Nolan and young people under 18 were frustrated to find that they couldn’t sign up immediately; so we are really pleased that they have listened to young people’s views and become the first register in the world to accept donors from the age of 16.”
The event will take place on Tuesday 9th October at West Ham United, The Boleyn Ground, Green Street, Upton Park, E13 9AZ, from 4pm-8pm.