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Burton and South Derbyshire College and Anthony Nolan in organ donor campaign

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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THE number of potential donors on the Anthony Nolan register in Burton could spiral thanks to a campaign spearheaded by a recovering leukaemia patient .

Plans are being developed between Burton and South Derbyshire College and the bone marrow charity Anthony Nolan to bolster donor numbers in the area during the coming years.

A series of talks, workshops and donor sessions are being planned with the college and its student union ready for the new September intake.

Katherine Sinfield, 33, who fronts the Burton Mail's 'Take Five Minutes' campaign, said: "I'm on a mission to increase potential Anthony Nolan donors in the area for two reasons.

"Firstly, because I owe my life to a German donor found by the charity; and secondly, because Burton's ranking of 515 out of 650 on the charity's 'hero' league table is just not good enough.

"We need lots of young, healthy people to sign up to the register to help save more lives."

John Beaty, vice principal of corporate relationships at the college said: "When Katherine made contact with the college and told us her story and what she was trying to achieve for people who are living with leukaemia and lymphoma we were inspired to support her.

"Getting our students involved in such a worthwhile cause is a win/win situation for us as it not only has the potential to increase registered donors within Burton and South Derbyshire but it supports our strategy of providing our students with ongoing opportunities to help and support their local community.

"We are creating an awareness raising campaign to help our students and staff make the right donor decision."

Katie Day, a register and be a lifesaver supervisor from charity Anthony Nolan, said: "We are thrilled that the college are supporting Katherine and Stephen Sinfield's efforts to raise awareness of the need for donors. Making young people aware that they could save a life is key to increasing the number of registered donors."

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