Anthony Nolan Charity Drive
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is currently supporting the Anthony Nolan National Charity which saves the lives of people with blood cancer - a partnership that was formed in 2009. To this end The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have now extended their search into Dumfries and Galloway for volunteers to help cure blood cancer. This is the 10 year anniversary of the national campaign and there have been 14,000 recruited as potential donors with 45 going on to donate.
Kenny McClurg, Watch Manager Prevention and Protection, has been given the local project to approach schools to recruit volunteers between the ages of 16 and 30 who are in good health.
Further information on the Anthony Nolan Trust can be found by visiting the website at www.anthonynolan.org.uk
Moffat Academy was delighted to welcome Kenny and his colleagues from The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who talked to S5 and S6 students about taking the charity forward through registering to become potential stem cell donors. An initial input/presentation was given by Watch Manager McClurg who works with many others promoting Anthony Nolan on behalf of the fire service nationally.
On Tuesday 24th September Kenny and his colleagues - Watch Manager Andrew Wilson, Crew Manager Anna Grace - came along to Moffat Academy with Amy Bartlett, Regional Development Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland for the Anthony Nolan Trust to register those students and staff who wished to be added to the UK donor register - an event that we hope will continue. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are trying to roll out the presentation and donor registration event to all secondary schools within Dumfries and Galloway.