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Sussex students win fundraising award from blood cancer charity

A group of students have received an award from the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan for their fundraising achievements.

A team of five students, who make up the Brighton & Sussex Marrow Group, raised over £5,050 for Anthony Nolan, despite an initial goal of £1,000, securing them the ‘fundraising star group’ award.

The Brighton & Sussex Marrow group is run by students Ellie Brooks, Georgia Shakeshaft, Joe Langworthy, Jasmine Elliot and Annie Wilcox, and is one of 50 societies across UK universities raising money for the charity.

Ellie Brooks, third-year Biochemistry student and co-president of the society, said: “I am so proud of all the hard work of our committee and volunteers last year. We planned so many events throughout the year, from bake sales to Annie’s head-shave. It’s amazing to know that the money we raised can go towards putting more people on the stem cell register, paying for specialist nurses, or further research into stem cell donations.”

Dr Rhys Morgan, Lecturer in Biomedical Science, researches leukaemia and is an advocate of stem cell donation. Working closely with Anthony Nolan, he also helps to promote awareness and recruitment on the bone marrow register.

He said: “The work Ellie and her peers have been doing on campus, and beyond, with Brighton & Sussex Marrow is truly lifesaving. If you consider it costs around £40 to add someone to the stem cell register, then Ellie and her team have just funded the addition of around 126 potential stem cell donors to the national registries – were that to result in just a single life of a patient suffering from a blood cancer or bone marrow disorder being saved, it would be a truly incredible achievement. It’s even more special at a time when charity donations, stem cell donation awareness and recruitment has been badly hampered by the pandemic.”

According to Anthony Nolan, every 14 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer and around 2,000 people in the UK need a match for a stem cell transplant each year.

The charity match people willing to donate their stem cells to people in need of a lifesaving transplant.

By growing the stem cell register, carrying out ground-breaking research and providing the best post-transplant care, the charity is saving lives and giving hope to families affected by blood cancer.

Every year Anthony Nolan hosts a national conference which includes an awards ceremony to celebrate the work of marrow societies across the UK, such as the Brighton & Sussex Marrow Group.

To find out more about the stem cell register, and to sign up, visit the Antony Nolan website.

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By: Jessica Gowers
Last updated: Tuesday, 27 October 2020

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