Inspired by Community Channel’s powerful new documentary Saving a Stranger, which broadcasts Saturday, November 25th at 7pm and Sunday, November 26th at 7.30pm, the clinic is open to everyone but is especially reaching out to people from ethnic communities.
Saving a Stranger highlights the plight of 12-year-old Yvette Gate from Bristol, whose only chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant. We also meet the inspiring Asma Meer, now a dedicated campaigner after losing her three-year old son Ibrahim back in 2002 because no bone marrow match could be found for him.
When: Friday, November 24th, 2006 (11am-3pm)
Where: Diorama (directly under the giant pop art fan artwork), Regent’s Place, London NW1 3JG (nearest tubes Warren St, Euston Square, Great Portland St, Euston)
Who: Anyone who is aged 18-40 years old in good general health is welcome to attend.
What: Just give a blood sample on the day. If you are a match for somebody on the bone marrow register, Anthony Nolan Trust will get in touch with you. If that’s the case, you will be called back and asked to come in and donate bone marrow.
Why: The clinic is part of Anthony Nolan Week 2006 (November 20th – 26th), a national donor recruitment campaign called: Men – what makes you so special? The Anthony Nolan Trust’s first ever-national week-long campaign aimed at young men (aged 18-40) who make the best type of donors2. This nationwide ‘man comes amid concern at the lack of young men currently on the bone marrow register. The charity is calling on men from black and ethnic communities to come forward, sign up and show everyone just ‘what they’re made of’ by potentially helping to save lives.
If you are interested in becoming a potential donor, please contact the Donor Recruitment Team on 020 7 284 1234 quote ‘Community Channel’ to make your 10 min appointment to attend the clinic below and to receive your application pack.
Radio Club Asia 963/972 AM, Choice FM, Eastern Eye and New Nation are all supporting the clinic.
Anthony Nolan Trust report that the number of Asian donors on their register is just 3% – with that number even lower among many other ethnic groups. Patients in need of a bone marrow transplant, which will often be their best and only chance of survival, are more likely to find a compatible donor from within their own ethnic community, it’s vital that people from black and ethnic groups come forward as potential donors.
The clinic aims to reverse this situation by challenging everyone aged 18-40 years old to give up half an hour of their time to sign up and give a blood sample with the UK’s most successful bone marrow register.