How to save a life..


Interesting mix of things… on Friday I found out I could potentially save someone’s life – which is a bit of a no-brainer really, isn’t it?

Back in May last year our local BBC ran a feature where a young lad called Joel Picker Spence had been taking the mic and presenting. It was quite heartwarming to hear a precocious and articulate 6 year old do such a great jib whilst I was driving to work.

It wasn’t until later it transpired that Joel had died back in 2008 – taken by Leukaemia – a suitable donor had been found to help him, but too late – meaning he never reached his seventh birthday. A really moving and brilliant piece of broadcasting from the local BBC team.

Tagged on to this was an appeal in Joel’s name to register as a donor with the Anthony Nolan trust – with a sign-up session in Nottingham’s council house. I duly went along, as did 127 other people, and signed up. I felt good to have done so, but must admit that it had passed from my mind.

Until Friday. I had an email informing me I’m a likely match for a patient – I obviously got back in touch to initiate the next steps, and the Anthony Nolan team have sent me a kit to take to the Queens Medical Centre a week on Monday. This basically gives them suitable samples of my blood to absolutely confirm a match.

In semi-amateur style I then get my blood back to put in a special delivery envelope and post back to the Trust – which is no problem, but you’d kinda expect the hospital to process it wouldn’t you? So fingers crossed the match turns out to be positive. If you read this, click here and get registered on it too.

The rest of the weekend has involved me grappling to get my iTunes library to be hosted on our NAS – my laptop’s secondary partition has been a little bit dodgy of late, and pending a bit of saving up I am planning on replacing it, so this step will stop the intermittent short- term problems I’ve been having, and hopefully make the eventual switch-over a little less painful. It’s proven a complete faff so far, though!!

Also popped to see The Terminal Five Experience – one of whom is my colleague, Simon. They played a cracking set including newly-added Cult and Dandy Warhols numbers which went down well with the Sherwood crowd. They’ve got a few gigs coming up so look ’em up on Facebook if you like a nit of eclectic cover versions!

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