We are NOTTINGHAM MARROW - the student volunteer group that helps to save lives from leukaemia and severe blood disorders.
We work alongside the charity Anthony Nolan to help recruit people to the stem cell register, which links potential donors with people who desperately need a stem cell transplant. MARROW groups are working in 34 universities throughout the UK and in four other countries, but we want to continue to grow and expand. With more supporters like you, we can help save many more lives.
What do we do?
We organise student recruitment events and fundraise for Anthony Nolan in and around Nottingham to increase the amount of available donors and raise the charitable funds essential for these lifesaving activities. Our ultimate aim is to allow every student at the University of Nottingham the opportunity to join the national register. This is particularly important as students are an ideal target group: they are generally young, healthy and represent a broad cross section of ethnicity.
The story so far...
We have been running in the UK since 1998. The project was initially set up by James Kustow and a group of student doctors from the University of Nottingham following the death of their friend Karen from leukaemia. Since then we have gone from strength to strength. Our work has been recognised by the World Health Organisations Federation for Medical Students, with MARROW taking first place awards for the last two years.
In 2010/11 we recruited in excess of 260 potential donors and raised over £1800!!!
Become a MARROW Volunteer!
Recruitment - We train students how to: successfully recruit eligible potential donors, counsel them to ensure that they are fully aware of the importance of their commitment and collect samples for genetic analysis, as well as informing those who are not eligible how else they can help.
Fundraising/Social - We hold regular events to raise funds for Anthony Nolan. Previous events include: cake sales, glow stick sales in OCEAN, raffles, pub quizzes, bag packing, street collections and much more!
Publicity - We are always looking at ways to publicise MARROW to students in Nottingham, we need your help to spread the word about clinics and fundraising events, as well as raising the profile of MARROW within the student community.
We also work in partnership with another group of students who organise the annual MARROW run (5 or 10km) and raise thousands of pounds for Anthony Nolan, for more information visit the website: www.nottinghammarrowrun.co.uk
How to get involved...
Please see our new website or the facebook group (Nottingham Marrow) for details of the next training event and for dates of our up and coming recruitment events across campus: http://www.wix.com/nottinghammarrow/2011.
If you have any questions for us, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you ASAP!