Charity appeal in Formby for dad with blood disorder
FORMBY-BASED Stem Cell Scousers held a combined collection and donor drive at Tesco in the town.
The event raised £423 for the DKMS.org 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 at www.anthonynolan.org if you are 16-30 years or www.DKMS.org.uk 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Esterson with Nikki Benson, the Community Champion, and Gary Landry, Richie’s mother and father Collette and Richard senior.at Tesco Formby