Family’s appeal for fundraising help

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A BROTHER who donated bone marrow to save his sibling’s life is appealing for local businesses to get behind their latest fundraising drive.

When Carl Travis was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer – lymphoblastic lymphoma – 12 years ago his brother, Darren, underwent an operation to donate his bone marrow.

Now the brothers, their mum Joy and sister Kerry are organising a family fun day alongside an awareness drive to get people signed up to the Anthony Nolan Trust’s bone marrow donor register.

Darren said: “When they said I was a match we were really pleased.

“The operation was really straight forward and when you think that it saves lives it’s so important more people sign up to the register.”

Carl added: “I volunteer on the ward where I was treated now and I talk to people about cancer and it is heartbreaking to see that people are dying waiting for bone marrow transplants.

“The register really needs more people, especially men aged 18-30.

“We want as many people as possible to come down on the day.

“All you have to do is spit in a cup, the Anthony Nolan Trust do the rest.

“It really is that simple so there’s no excuse for people not to come along and do their bit.

“It might save a life.”

The family are desperately looking for a printer who can print out posters that have been designed to publicise the event.

Kerry said: “We won’t be needing that many and there are three lots to do so maybe if a few places could offer to do a few each that would help.

“We don’t want to have to spend money on the event or that will take away from what will go to the Anthony Nolan Trust and we want to make as much as we can for them.”

Anyone who can help the family can call 0115 9446165 or email to offer their support.