At a clinic held at their head office in Luton, easyJet employees have joined The
Anthony Nolan Trust’s Bone Marrow Register. Each one of the many easyJet employees
that kindly became potential donors, could personally save the life of an adult or
child with leukaemia.
The opportunity for employees to become bone marrow donors was organised by
easyJet’s ‘Charity of the Year’, The Anthony Nolan Trust. Each year, by providing
bone marrow donors this incredible charity helps save the lives of over 500 adults
and children who might have otherwise have died.
Michelle Lane, The Anthony Nolan Trust Corporate Fundraising Manager, said: ‘In order to save every man, woman and child that needs a bone marrow transplant
Anthony Nolan urgently needs more people to join our register. We are delighted
that easyJet employees have responded so warmly to this opportunity to join our
register and help save lives’
Toby Nicol, easyJet Communications Director, said: ‘I have to admit that I was initially nervous about volunteering, but once I
learned how simple it is to join the register and how personally rewarding it would
be to donate bone marrow, I was happy to sign up! Its amazing to think that by
volunteering, I could literally save someone’s life’.
Each person that joins the bone marrow register could go onto save the life of
someone like Sian Willbourne, from St Albans. She’s lively, upbeat, intelligent and
only 29 yrs old. Sian was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in June 2005.
Sian is one of the thousands of people in the UK who are seeking a bone marrow
Sian, said: “No one in my family proved to be a ‘suitable’ donor for me, I now need to find a
complete stranger to save my life. I think what people do not realise is they may
be the only suitable person in the world who can save someone like me. Every person
on the register offers leukaemia patients, like me, hope”
Throughout 2006, easyJet is supporting Anthony Nolan in a variety of ways including;
corporate donations, employee fundraising, awareness raising and employee
volunteering. To date easyJet has donated more than £50,000 to help the charity
continue its lifesaving work.