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Dalziel pupils could prove to be life savers

Dalziel High pupils with Paul Devlin of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and representatives of the Anthony Nolan Trust

Dalziel High pupils with Paul Devlin of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and representatives of the Anthony Nolan Trust

Pupils from Dalziel High School have signed up in droves to try to help save the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.

Officers from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) visited the school recently to recruit potential stem cell donors for Anthony Nolan, a charity working to find life-saving matches for patients with illnesses like leukaemia.

Firefighters have been working in partnership with the charity since 2009 and North Lanarkshire group manager Paul Devlin said he was overwhelmed by the positive approach of the pupils - and staff - at the school.

He said: “This was our second school donor registration event following changes in the recruitment for the register, which now focuses on getting people from 16 to 30 years.

“Seventy-one of Dalziel’s pupils and staff signed-up to be new potential donors, which is a fantastic outcome.

“Over the past four and a half years of our involvement with the charity we know eight people who joined the register through our events have actually been a match and donated their stem cells.

“The staff and pupils from Dalziel High School who signed up are now in a position where they could save a life.”

 

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