Rugby star launches easyJet campaign

Saracens and England Rugby hero, Richard Hill, have launched easyJet’s
in-flight collection campaign for The Anthony Nolan Trust.Throughout
the summer, easyJet cabin crew will ask passengers to donate any loose
change to support the charity.

Last year’s collections for the airline’s charity partner raised over
£500,000. easyJet collections will allow passengers from flights across
Europe to donate money. Their small change will make a life saving
difference. The partnership with easyJet will enable The Anthony Nolan
Trust to recruit thousands of urgently needed individuals to bone marrow
registers across Europe. Any of these individuals could go on to save
the life of an adult or child who might otherwise die.

 

This is the second year of charity partnership with The Anthony Nolan
Trust. Building on the ground-breaking partnership that they formed in
2006, which has been a staggering success, the continuation this year
will help save hundreds of lives throughout Europe.

 

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The Anthony Nolan Trust saves lives by providing bone marrow donors to
adults and children in need of transplants. Last year, The Anthony Nolan
Trust saved the lives of over 500 men, women and children who might have
otherwise died.

 

Funds raised by easyJet during 2006 paid for the direct costs of
recruiting over 8,500 new donors onto the register . Any one of these
donors could save the life of a patient for whom a bone marrow
transplant is their only chance of survival.

 

One such patient was four year old Georgia Cocking who in 2006 was
diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia. Her parents were told her only
chance of long-term survival was a bone marrow transplant. Georgia’s
family was tested and didn’t match Georgia’s tissue type. Therefore
Georgia then relied on The Anthony Nolan trust to find the person to
save her life.

Georgia was lucky, The Anthony Nolan Trust found a donor to match her
tissue type and on the 5th April 2007 and was in isolation for up to
four weeks and stayed a further six weeks after she developed an
infection. The doctors gave her the go ahead to leave hospital in June
and all the family were excited about it. Mum Debbie said, “We were just
over the moon. I can’t really believe it. I’m still in shock.”

Rugby hero Richard Hill commented at the launch: “The Anthony Nolan
Trust is a charity that is close to my heart. I chose to support the
Charity financially with proceeds from my year of fundraising in 2006.
This Charity gives the chance of life to hundreds of patients. The hope
of life they give to adults and children not only affects the patients
themselves but also has a dramatic impact on the lives of their family
and friends.”

 

As an independent charity The Anthony Nolan Trust continues to rely on
the financial support of companies like easyJet to continue their
lifesaving work.

 

easyJet on board collections will take place on all flights during
August and September, highlighting the work of The Anthony Nolan Trust
does to passengers and encouraging them to donate spare change. A
proportion of the money raised will be shared by The Anthony Nolan Trust
with its sister registers in the European countries that easyJet flies
to.

 

“We are delighted to be working with such an inspirational charity. The
money that easyJet employees and customers raised during 2006 for
Anthony Nolan has already helped to save lives throughout Europe. We
hope to raise an even greater sum this year so that their fantastic work
can help save even more lives”; commented Andrew Harrison, easyJet Chief
Executive.
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