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Donor event success in memory of Joel Picker-Spence

Over hundred people sign bone marrow register in one day

A hundred and twenty eight people signed up to the bone marrow register at Nottingham's Council House on Wednesday, 2 June 2010.

It was in memory of Joel Picker Spence who died of leukaemia two years ago.

His mother Ann Marie Spence organised the bone marrow testing session with the help of the Anthony Nolan Trust.

She said: "I feel fantastic and thank you to everybody. [One of those] 128 could be the one person that is a match for someone else."

Anne Marie added: "The more we do these drives and get people aware the more people are coming forward to do it.

Joel Picker-Spence in hospital in 2008

"They are not done enough, the drives, I would be happy to do one a week around the country.

"It's such a great thing to be involved with and to see the people that are coming through the doors.

"It was nice to sit and talk to people that have gone through, and are going through, what we have already been through."

Joel Picker Spence died of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2008.

He was diagnosed with the disease in January 2005.

Although a donor match was eventually found, it was too late for Joel and he died before he reached his seventh birthday.

BBC Radio Nottingham supported the event which hoped to raise awareness of bone marrow donation and encourage more people to join the bone marrow donor register.



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