Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby has become the latest person to sign up to the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register after hearing about the plight of a ‘1 in 9 million’ baby boy from Northampton.
Miss Crosby, who tweeted a ‘selfie’ with her Anthony Nolan spit kit, was inspired to sign up after reading about Joey Ziadi, a nine-month-old boy suffering from rare blood disorder Diamond Blackfan Anaemia.
Joey is in need of a lifesaving transplant but has not yet found a matching donor.
Miss Shore said: “I saw the gorgeous Joey Ziadi in the news and I couldn’t believe it when I heard how ill he was and that only 1 in 9 million people have his condition – I felt like crying.
“I knew I had to do something, but I didn’t know how to help.
“When I found out how simple it was to sign up to the Anthony Nolan register, I didn’t have to think about it. I just thought – ‘It’s so easy, why doesn’t everyone do this?”
Joining the register involves spitting into a tube and posting it back to the Anthony Nolan charity.
If Miss Crosby is found to be a match, she could one day be called upon to donate her bone marrow, or stem cells, to Joey.
The youngster’s family are hosting another donor recruitment event this Sunday, June 22 from 9am to 2pm at Unit 22 Crossfit, 22 Rothersthorpe Crescent, Far Cotton.
Anyone aged 16-30 in good health can sign up to the register. Those who cannot attend the event can also up online at www.anthonynolan.org.