Lochaber High School, Camaghael, Fort William, Inverness-shire. PH33 7ND Tel. 01397 702512
41 potential S6 volunteer lifesavers gave up their time and cheek cells last Friday to become potential stem cell donors for the Anthony Nolan Bone Trust. The average take-up in Scottish schools is 25% - LHS S6s topped that with a whopping 48%!
For two years now LHS has established links with Laura’s Appeal and the Anthony Nolan Bone Trust. Laura is a teenage girl from Oban who has battled leukaemia and, because of stem cell donation, has successfully returned to living a normal life. In fact, Laura is now qualified to gather information and samples from prospective donors. Aided by her friend Beth, and sporting Anthony Nolan T-shirts, they both provided a real inspiration to our pupils.
The law regarding the minimum age required for prospective donors was changed some time ago to 16, and that was where we came in.
A group of firefighters from Oban and their families, formed Laura’s Appeal, and have been attempting to roll out a programme of visits in Highland and Argyll schools in the hope of recruiting potential donors every year. This is the second year our S6 pupils have donated generously.
It's great to see that the awareness raised by Laura through last year’s Appeal continues to inspire people to get involved. 25 people recruited at Scottish Fire and Rescue Service events have now gone on to provide potential lifesaving stem cell donations, and if you were recruited by Laura and the team last week, then hopefully you will add to that in the future!
Here is a quote from a post on Laura’s Appeal Facebook page:
“41 potential lifesavers signed up to the Anthony Nolan register at Lochaber High School this morning. Great support for the event from the staff and pupils”
If you are over 16 and under 30 you do not need to be a school pupil to get involved with the Anthony Nolan Bone Trust. You can find all the information you need on the Trust website!
Amber MacInnes and Sophie Munro