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Loughborough students take on challenge to help fund emergency blood cancer appeal

Loughborough Marrow Society is taking part in an emergency coronavirus appeal from 13 - 27 April for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

During the two weeks, the Loughborough University students are walking, running and cycling over 175 miles to raise vital funds for those living with blood cancer. They are utilising their one permitted daily exercise activity to complete the challenge and are also using their own gardens as exercise areas.

Anthony Nolan finds matching donors for people with blood cancer who need a stem cell transplant. The charity needs to raise an additional £30,000 to cover the cost of increased testing for stem cell donors; and the rising need for patient services, including its patient helpline and patient grants every month that the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The fundraising appeal will also help to fund an Emergency Handover Hub at Heathrow Airport designed for international stem cell couriers who cannot enter UK hospitals due to quarantine rules. Anthony Nolan volunteers will collect the stem cells from the hub and complete the final lifesaving leg.

The group’s original fundraising target was £200 but they have since raised over £600 in less than a week. 

Lewis Mobbs, President of Loughborough Marrow Society, said: “Raising money for Anthony Nolan during this difficult time really does matter – there are patients’ lives that depend on the charity and we are determined as a group to do anything to help.”

You can sponsor Loughborough Marrow Society here.

The University worked with Loughborough Marrow Society and Anthony Nolan in 2017 for the Spit Happens campaign, where over 2,000 people registered as donors.