A Leicestershire police officer who is recovering from leukaemia has pledged to recruit 3,000 more donors from the South Asian community to the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register.
More than 3,100 Asian donors have joined the register after public appeals to find a suitable donor for Rik Basra, who was diagnosed with the blood cancer over a year ago. Despite donor drives in Leicester and Birmingham, a match was not found. A suitable donor was eventually located in Germany and in December, the officer had a transplant of donated cells.
Rik and his wife Kas have used Leicester's Diwali celebrations to recruit more South Asian people aged between 16 and 30 to consider signing up to the register.
A donor drive was held during the Diwali lights switch-on celebrations in Leicester. Another drive is being held at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre on November 13 between 17.15 and 21.00.