Inspirational Alice Pyne is calling on Ulverston teens to sign up as bone marrow donors on Friday 12th October at a special recruitment event at Ulverston Victoria High School. The event follows our recent decision to allow people to sign up to the bone marrow register from the age of 16 – the first register in the world to do so.
Alice was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma four years ago, her family have campaigned to raise awareness of bone marrow donation, and to encourage people to sign up as bone marrow donors. A bone marrow transplant can be the last chance of survival for someone with blood cancer, but we can only find a matching donor for around half the people who come to them in need.
Thousands of people have joined the bone marrow register as a result of Alice’s campaign, while celebrities such as Charlie Brooker have voiced their support. Alice has also raised the issue in Parliament with Prime Minister David Cameron.
The event will be held in the main hall at Ulverston Victoria High School from 1.30pm to 4.15pm on Friday 12th October. Anyone aged between 16 and 30 is encouraged to come along and sign up to the register.
Roger Cahalin, Assistant Headteacher at the school, says, “As the school is the hub of the local community we are delighted to be able to host this important event. Alice is an inspiration to many of our students and we will always support her initiatives in any way we can.”
Henny Braund, Anthony Nolan’s Chief Executive, adds, “Alice is an inspirational young woman and her campaign will leave an incredible legacy – the lives of other people with blood cancer will be saved because of Alice.”