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Teachers in fundraising drive for blood cancer charity

Zara Al Shaikh needed a blood stem cell donation Photo: Family photo

Teachers from Kings’ School in Winchester are embarking on a range of fundraising activities to help those in need of a lifesaving blood stem cell donation.

They are undertaking the fundraising after a pupil at the school, Zara Al Shaikh, was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Zara needs a blood stem cell donation to get better and fortunately a donor was found for her.

However, many more need to find donors so they are also doing it to raise awareness of how people could save the life of someone with a blood cancer by registering as a potential blood stem cell donor with the charity.

Teachers from the school will be taking part in the Southampton Half Marathon and Endure 24, a 24 hour race which takes place at Wasing Park Estate in Berkshire.

Speaking about why they are fundraising for the charity, Ben Hall, a teacher at Kings’ School, says: “Although Endure24 will be a challenge it is nothing in comparison to what Zara is going through.

"We will laugh, we will hurt and we will cry but it's all for a fantastic cause. Delete Blood Cancer UK have supported Zara so much recently, this is the least we can do to help.”

Jenny Clegg, Head of Communications at Delete Blood Cancer UK, said: “It is fantastic that the teachers at Kings’ School are fundraising to help those in need of a blood stem cell donation.

"Not only will it raise valuable funds for the charity, it will raise awareness of the importance of registering as a potential blood stem cell donor.

"Above all, it is a huge show of support for Zara and her family.”