A search is underway to try to find a bone marrow donor for a 12-year-old girl from Nottinghamshire who has an aggressive form of leukaemia.
Lilya Coleman-Jones has been in Nottingham Children's Hospital for the past four months since her diagnosis.
Her family has been ruled out as a match and there are no matches on the international register.
With the help of charities, Nottingham Marrow and Anthony Nolan, Lilya has started a campaign to try and find a donor.
This evening volunteers are at Nottingham Council House signing people up.
For Lilya it's not just about finding herself a donor - it's getting more people to register to potentially helping others in a similar situation.
Anyone who is already registered as a blood donor can become part of the marrow register, and a small sample of blood is taken at a donation session.
The bone marrow can be used to treat a wide-range of cancers, as well as help rebuild damaged immune systems.
Anthony Nolan encourages donors from ages 16-30, and donors will be kept on their register until they are 60. People joining the register must:
- be between 16 and 30 years old
- be in good health
- weigh over 7st 12lb (50kg)
- have a body mass index (BMI) lower than 40
Donors who fulfil all of the eligibility criteria can fill out an application form. A cheek swab will then be taken and tested, before the donor is added to the register.
Events taking place
- Wednesday 3rd April - Nottingham City Council House 12-7pm
- Thursday 4th April - University of Nottingham (QMC, Medical School Foyer) 10.30am – 4.30pm
- Thursday 4th April - University of Nottingham (Student’s Union) 10.30am – 4.30pm
- Thursday 4th April - Nottingham Trent University (Boots Library) 10.30am – 4.30 pm
- Sunday 6 April - 74 Middle Street, Beeston, 9.00am – 1pm