[Kat Clements | Contributing Writer]
Marrow, the student division of Anthony Nolan Cancer Charity, is present in universities up and down the country. This year, they came to Hertfordshire.
We’ve never had a Marrow chapter here before, and Marrow Group Co-ordinator Zoe Wilkes decided to change that. She arrived at the Fresher’s Fair and promptly recruited a committee – President Christopher Donaldson, who has steered the society through a wildly successful year, was one of the first to join.
The group quickly began to exceed their targets, signing up well over their year target of 150 lifesavers before the end of November. Despite being a new chapter, Herts contributed the greatest proportion (24%) of the total number of new recruits from the #tackinginequalities campaign.
The #tacklinginequalities campaign was a nationwide campaign to recruit more black and ethnic minority donors to the register. These groups are chronically underrepresented and this means patients from non-white backgrounds have a much lower chance of finding the lifesaving match they need. Hertfordshire’s recruits were 70% BAME, way above the 50% target.
Herts Marrow have also run a fundraising event, raising over £100, and have sent volunteers to the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. This group is small, but growing, and have had a truly impressive first year – and they’re set to keep going next year, recruiting more volunteers and running even more events.
If you want to volunteer with Marrow, you can find us on the SU website. To sign up to the bone marrow donor register, go to anthonynolan.org.