Brothers hope for charity day

An Ilkeston man, who saved his brother’s lfe by donating bone marrow, is making the final preparations for a huge fun day, aimed at getting more young men on the donors register.

Carl Travis was diagnosed with blood cancer 12 years agi – but his life was saved when brother Darren stepped up to donate.

Now the pair have organised The Event next Friday at Ilketon FC’s function room and are hoping to have former footballer Steve Claridge as special guest.

During the day, from 3.30pm to 7pm there will be opportunities for men aged 18 to 30 to sign up to the bone marrow register.

And the pair, along with sster Kerry Tavis, will be collecting donations for the Anthony Nolan Trust throughout the day.

Their aunty is even manning a stall on Ilkeston Market Place during the day in a bid to get people signed up to the register.

Carl, who volunteers at the hospital where he was helped, said: “I was very, very lucky, I see people suffering and dying while they are waiting for a stem cell transplant. We really need to raise awareness and get as many people as possible on the Anthony Nolan register.”

Erewash MP Jessica Lee, who took the brothers on a trip to Westminster recently, was so moved by their story she is set to make an appearance at the event on Friday July 27.

Darren said he is still looking for businesses to help in any way they can. Call him on 07812 449837 if you can lend a hand.