Char­ity ap­peal in Formby for dad with blood dis­or­der

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FORMBY-BASED Stem Cell Scousers held a com­bined col­lec­tion and donor drive at Tesco in the town.

The event raised £423 for the blood can­cer char­ity, tak­ing their to­tal raised so far for the three char­i­ties to £35,009.

The donor drive was held for Kirkby dad-of-two, 32 year-old Richie Bol­lard, who des­per­ately needs a stem cell donor to sur­vive his very rare and ag­gres­sive blood dis­or­der called Hae­mophago­cytic Lym­pho­his­ti­o­cy­to­sis (HLH).

Usu­ally only one adult a year in Eng­land is di­ag­nosed with this.

Richie’s aunt Kathy Bol­lard, who is a Twit­ter fol­lower of the Stem Cell Scousers, con­tacted Kevin Dunne from the group in Fe­bru­ary ask­ing for help to find a donor af­ter Richie, who has been in hos­pi­tal since Novem­ber 26, was told he needed a Stem Cell Trans­plant.

Kevin then started the #Regis­ter4Richie ap­peal on Twit­ter where Stem Cell Scousers have more than 1,900 fol­low­ers around the world.

Some of Richie’s work­mates at Bri­tish Gas got to­gether with Kevin and the first Donor Drive was car­ried out at Crosby Cricket Club when 109 donors were signed up with the help of Sefton Cen­tral MP Bill Ester­son, who him­self signed up to the reg­is­ter.

The Tesco Formby event signed up 56 new donors and again, was at­tended by Bill Ester­son. Fel­low MP fRosie Cooper (West Lan­cashire) is sup­port­ing the life-sav­ing work of the Stem Cell Scousers. Kevin would like to say a mas­sive thank you to Nikki Ben­son, the Com­mu­nity Champion, and Gary Landry at Tesco Formby for the fan­tas­tic help they gave to make the event pos­si­ble – and es­pe­cially to Nikki who signed up to the donor reg­is­ter –and all the cus­tomers who gave so gen­er­ously.

The Stem Cell Scousers have now signed up 423 new donors to the reg­is­ter at events they have or­gan­ised in the last year and cre­ated a huge spike in on­line reg­is­tra­tions from the #Regis­ter4Richie Twit­ter Ap­peal.

Kevin is urg­ing any­one who is fit and healthy to reg­is­ter at­tho­ if you are 16-30 years or if you are 17-55 years.

It only takes two min­utes and you could save some­one’s life.

Kevin and the Stem Cell Scousers, along with Richie’s mother and fa­ther Col­lette and Richard se­nior, who at­tended the re­cent event, will be back with the team for an aware­ness event.

It will take place at Tesco Formby on Satur­day, July 7, from 10am-4pm with the RCHARITY from the Royal Liver­pool Hos­pi­tal rais­ing much­needed funds for the new hos­pi­tal.

Kevin is ap­peal­ing for more vol­un­teers to help out on the day.

If any­one can spare three hours to help, he can be con­tacted by email: kevin­dunne2@google­

Bill Ester­son with Nikki Ben­son, the Com­mu­nity Champion, and Gary Landry, Richie’s mother and fa­ther Col­lette and Richard se­ Tesco Formby

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