Successful season for new charity group

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Christmas is a time when many people think of supporting charities, but, for one woman, that has been her focus for the whole year.

Julie Cook, from Scothern, has been out and about at local events with her festive stall, raising money for the Lincoln Friends of Anthony Nolan.

The fundraising and awareness group was started by Julie in March 2014 and has already raised in the region of £30,000.

“My granddaughter, Annabel, received a successful stem cell transplant in 2011 when she was just four years old after very suddenly being diagnosed with a rare form of juvenile Leukaemia,” said Julie.

“Now we are doing our bit to help other families.”

The group has been doing various activities over the last year, including a charity ball, skydives by two supporters, a 24-hour hockey match and various supermarket collections.

“We also do talks to groups in and around Lincoln and are hoping to extend the schools speaker programme into the county, as educating young adults about stem cell donation is vital for growing the register,” added Julie.

“We have also found that, as word has spread about our efforts, many individuals and groups have donated funds and raffle prizes for events.

“It is not all about the money, however, as raising awareness is equally as important because there is a very desperate need for more people to join the Anthony Nolan register so that more lives can be saved.

“More potential donors on all of our stem cell registers means a better chance for every person to find a donor when they need one.”

Anthony Nolan find donors for children and adults needing life-saving bone marrow or stem cell transplants, usually because they have a type of blood cancer but it can be for other blood or immune system disorders and diseases.

Next year, the Lincoln Friends are planning another charity ball and various other activities.

They also have a supporter taking part in the London Marathon and are hoping to enter a team in the Lincoln 10k.

To find out more or to offer support to the group, as a business or individual, contact Julie on 01673 866633 or email andersjulie@hotmail.com.