Tuesday, August 04, 2015

#IGIVEASPIT: BLOOD CANCER

Dear gorgeous person, you!


Today I'm supporting the Anthony Nolan Campaign #IGiveASpit. In this video below, I explain a little bit about why. Please share/RT on all social media networks. I'm proud to say I'm now on the Anthony Nolan register. Please join too and remember to #IGiveASpit. In the video, I also explain why Anthony Nolan are specifically looking for young men 16-30y/o as well as people from Ethnic minorities.




A few weeks ago, the lovely Nelufar Hedayat (Channel 4 reporter) posted a status on Facebook about the BBC holding an open day for Sue Lloyd-Roberts at their building near Oxford Circus. Sue is a very well respected journalist who's worked for the BBC for many years. She's recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia and the BBC launched an appeal for potential stem cell donors on Sue's behalf. When I read Sue's story, I immediately felt like I needed to do something. It was very short notice but I managed to move things around in order to attend the BBC appeal day.



Whilst I was there, I was very touched by how big an impact something as simple as donating stem cells could have - a donor is literally saving someone's life simply by giving blood and this only involves you sitting in a chair, wired up to a painless machine that takes your blood, as you read a book/magazine for the next four hours - #simplesss! Anthony Nolan - the official national charity who link stem cell donors to people who need them, explain a lot about this on their website.

I decided to let the Anthony Nolan staff know I was a blogger and see if there was any way I could get involved and help spread the word! I was in luck as they were looking for just that! They kindly booked me an appointment to meet Luke and Rachel from the marketing team and the rest is history.

GETTING MY T-SHIRT PRINTED

I'm sorry I kept this a little secret from you - I wasn't allowed to say anything until today. For this exciting bit, we headed off to Topshop on Oxford Street to get my t-shirt designed. I was like a kid in a candy store. There were so many designs and ways to bring my ideas to life. The possibilities were literally endless. I was helped by the lovely Jada from Yr Store - an independent store within Topshop that prints 3D designs.




This was the design I came up with and the process was breath-taking to witness (okay perhaps a slight exaggeration) haha. Luke from Anthony Nolan (also pictured) was absolutely amazing. He's been supporting me whilst I've been supporting the campaign.





THE FINISHED PRODUCT

A bit vain that I have so many pictures of me wearing my t-shirt but that's only because I'm so very proud to say #IGiveASpit!








I'm so grateful to Anthoy Nolan for letting me be part of this campaign and support people like Sue Lloyd-Roberts. Definitely looking forward to working with them some more, if the opportunity arises. In the meantime, remember you can register here.

Lots of love,
J
xo xo

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