Students rally to back Bone Marrow Trust

Brighton University students at the Eastbourne campus held a special 'spit' day where fellow students were asked to give a saliva sample to be be tested for the Anthony Nolan Trust.'Volunteer testers (L to R back row): James Haggis, Stacie Taylor, Matt Coppins, Sarah Baron, (L to R front row): Dani Collins, Katie Lake, with the test kit is Alex Botting, Katie Price, Jade Buckingham. Feb 7th 2012 E06035N
Brighton University students at the Eastbourne campus held a special 'spit' day where fellow students were asked to give a saliva sample to be be tested for the Anthony Nolan Trust.'Volunteer testers (L to R back row): James Haggis, Stacie Taylor, Matt Coppins, Sarah Baron, (L to R front row): Dani Collins, Katie Lake, with the test kit is Alex Botting, Katie Price, Jade Buckingham. Feb 7th 2012 E06035N
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MORE than 150 people could become life-savers thanks to a special event in Eastbourne.

On Tuesday (February 7) Alexandra Botting, 20, a student at the Chelsea School, University of Brighton, hosted Spit to Save a Life to encourage people to join the bone marrow register and donate blood stem cells.

Alexandra was inspired to take action after witnessing her sister Victoria’s childhood battle with leukaemia. The Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust was able to match Victoria with a donor in Sussex who donated blood stem cells and saved her life.

Alexandra told the Herald, “With the help of some amazing volunteers (all students) we managed to get 90 signed up to the register in just four hours!

“The spit samples were due to be sent to the Anthony Nolan today (Wednesday) but we have had so much interest we will continue to take samples until next week and we hope to get 150 people signed up

“The caring, supportive and selfless nature of University of Brighton students has really shone through It was a humbling day. Being able to turn such a negative topic of leukaemia and bone marrow transplants into a positive was truly amazing.

“Furthermore, four of my friends have decided to run the Eastbourne half-marathon for the Anthony Nolan.”

The day was such a success Alexandra has decided to enlist the help of the rest of the town, and with the help of MP Stephen Lloyd plans to host a donation day for Eastbourne residents.

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