Andrew’s running the London Marathon in aid of Anthony Nolan

FEB 19, 2017 — THE PUB QUIZ.

FREE PERCY PIGS?! Yes. That. Is. Correct.

Next month I’ve organised a charity pub quiz at Waverley Tearooms in Shawlands. It’ll be my final London Marathon fundraiser, in aid of the wonderful Anthony Nolan charity.

Space is fairly limited so it’s going to be ticketed – only £5 per person. If you fancy it, or even better want to stick in a team of four, do please let me know. Can buy a ticket from me anytime or stick the entry fee with names / teams on my JustGiving page.

I’d also like to thank Elizabeth at Waverley Tearooms for all the help and support in making this night happen.

JAN 12, 2017 – IT’S HAPPENING.

Hello. On April 23, I will run the London Marathon. Just look at that young, carefree Andrew above, no idea that in several years I’d put myself through the daunting 26.2 miles. A distance that still seems unfathomable. But I’ve banged on about this for long enough, and now’s the time.

Now for the important part — I’m running to fundraise for Anthony Nolan, an incredible, pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. Every 20 MINUTES someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer (such as leukaemia or lymphoma) – that’s 70 people every day – and Anthony Nolan matches donors with people who desperately need lifesaving transplants. If I thought a marathon seemed unfathomable, then stem cell donation truly is exactly that. It’s mind-boggling stuff, and effectively the closest thing we have to a cure for cancer.

I’d be humbled and very grateful if you were able to spare a few quid to sponsor me. It’s a simple fact: every penny and pound will go a long way to saving many lives, and in helping Anthony Nolan strengthen its phenomenally important work. I really, really appreciate the support, and thank you all in advance for any donations.

If you are able to, please do sign up to the Anthony Nolan register. It takes seconds, and one day you could save — or drastically improve — the life of someone with blood cancer. Join the register here.

Here are some more facts about Anthony Nolan and its work:

  • Around 2,000 people in the UK in need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant every year. This is usually their last chance of survival.
  • Every day, Anthony Nolan helps three people in need of a lifesaving transplant. Last year, the charity found a match for over 1,200 people with blood cancer.
  • Once you’re on the register, you have a 1 in 790 chance of being asked to donate. But your chance of being chosen to donate depends on your age and sex. A young man aged 16–30 has a 1 in 170 chance of being chosen to donate.
  • It costs around £60 to recruit each potential donor to the bone marrow register.
  • All blood cells originate in bone marrow from the same type of cell, called a blood stem cell. A blood stem cell (or bone marrow) transplant can replace a damaged immune system in a person with blood cancer — but only if the donor’s tissue type matches.
  • Anthony Nolan also carries out world-class research into stem cell matching and transplants. In 2008, the charity set up its state-of-the-art Cell Therapy Centre for banking umbilical cord blood and conducting groundbreaking research.