Campaign continues to search for donors

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A CAMPAIGN set up to save the life of a schoolboy from Great Billing has gone on to find four life-saving donors for other people suffering with leukaemia, organisers have revealed.

The Matt’s Match campaign was launched in 2009 by friends and family of Northampton School for Boys pupil, Matt Herbert, who had been diagnosed with leukaemia and needed an urgent bone marrow transplant to survive.

Having found a suitable donor for Matt – who has since had his transplant – the campaign has continued to encourage donors to sign-up for a national transplant register to save other people’s lives and to raise money for vital equipment for the hospitals that treated him.

Matt recently presented a cheque for £5,500 to nurses on the Disney Ward, at Northampton General Hospital, where he has been treated during the past two years.

The campaign has also presented both Birmingham’s Children Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary with £1,000 each, in recognition of the care and treatment Matt received.

Matt said: “It was an honour to present the cheque to the sister and nurses on Disney Ward.

“These ladies have nursed me since diagnosis

“I am really pleased that all the kindness of people donating money to Matt’s Match means that they can now buy a very special, and much needed, piece of equipment that will hopefully make their job easier and the patients stay more comfortable.”

Ward sister, Joy Margetts, added: “On behalf of all the staff on Disney Ward a huge thank-you to all involved with Matt’s Match fund-raising events.”

As well as raising money, Matt’s Match has continued to organise testing clinics across Northamptonshire to recruit people for The Anthony Nolan register.

About 1,500 have already attended one of 10 Matt’s Match clinics held across the county with the campaign already finding four suitable matches for other leukaemia sufferers. The donors have since given their stem cells to people with leukaemia requiring a bone marrow transplant.

Another clinic, the campaign’s 11th, will take place on Sunday at the Long Buckby Cricket Pavilion. People will be able to give saliva swabs from 10am until 2pm.