Event Date: Dec 13th 2014

Southport and Merseyside/Lancashire residents help cure blood cancer by sponsoring local lads in their charity bike ride.

Three guys from Southport are keen to raise vital funds for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan as they have realised they are too old to be tested as donors. Scott Moonan, Paul Keefe, Warren Greenhalgh and Tom Whalley are keen to raise money for Anthony Nolan while at the same time increasing awareness across younger people who could potentially save lives.

We have decided to ride from Southport Pier to Blackpool Pier and back in the depths of winter so local people can donate cash or be tested to help this amazing charity.

Scott Moonan, who organised the event, sets the scene. I was made aware of the Anthony Nolan charity by friends Damian and Sally whose son Sam suffers with a rare genetic condition which affects his immune system and makes him highly vulnerable to infections and viruses. Tragically, Sam’s sister Ella died of the same condition four years ago.

Being above the age to be tested as donors myself, Paul and Warren felt that creating awareness and raising funds was the next best thing we could do.

We have received lots of donations via Facebook and have had some corporate help from The Office Bar and Restaurant. Chris Wilson and Lee Adamson of the Office added “when we heard what the lads were doing we were happy to offer our support.”

Another very helpful sponsor is Leisure Lakes Bikes keeping the guys bikes on the road and supplying the team with sis energy products to make sure they get home! Many thanks to manager Andy Gorse for making this possible.

Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer, such as leukaemia, by matching them to people willing to donate their bone marrow, or blood stem cells, for lifesaving transplants.

Nancy Gray, Community Coordinator at Anthony Nolan, said: ‘The fundraising that the guys are doing makes such a big difference to people with blood cancer. It costs £100 to recruit each person to the Anthony Nolan register, so fundraising is a vital part of our lifesaving work. The more fundraising we do, the more potential donors we can recruit on to the bone marrow register, and the more lives we can save.’

If you’re not able to attend on the day, you can still sponsor them at: https://www.justgiving.com/Scott-Moonan/ https://www.justgiving.com/Paul-Keefe/ https://www.justgiving.com/Warren-Greenhalgh2/

Please contact Scott Moonan or Paul Keefe at Scottmoonan@yahoo.com and keefey03@gmail.com respectively or on 07764205480 if you have any questions, would like to corporately sponsor or just require further information.

For more information about Anthony Nolan, contact the communications team at press@anthonynolan.org or call 0303 303 0303.

What  you need to know about the Anthony Nolan Foundation

  • Anthony Nolan, now in its 40th anniversary year, was the world’s first bone marrow register. The blood cancercharity has been saving lives for four decades by matching remarkable people willing to donate their bone marrow to patients in desperate need of a transplant
  • We need more young men aged 16-30 to sign up, as they are most likely to be chosen to donate but make up just 12% of the register
  • It costs around £100 to recruit each new potential donor to the bone marrow register Key statistics
  • Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer
  • Around 1,800 people in the UK need a bone marrow (or stem cell) transplant each year. This is usually theirlast chance of survival
  • 63% of UK patients will not find a matching donor from within their families; instead they turn to us to find them an unrelated donor
  • We can only find a suitable donor for around half the people who need a lifesaving bone marrow transplant
  • White Northern Europeans have a 90% chance of finding a suitable bone marrow donor. This falls to just 40%for people from black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds
  • 90% of donations take place via PBSC (peripheral blood stem cell collection). This is an outpatient appointment and is similar to donating blood
  • To join the register, you must be aged between 16 and 30, weigh more than 7st 12lbs (50kgs) and be in general g ood health. For more information about our work or to sign up online, please visit www.anthonynolan.org

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