Glasgow Marrow is a student society affiliated to Anthony Nolan – a charity that helps people with blood cancers who need a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. Marrow’s 65 volunteers and committee members work to raise awareness, money and to sign students up to the Anthony Nolan donor register.
Rui Costa studies Computing Science and is Glasgow Marrow’s Donor Recruitment Co-ordinator.
“I’ve been doing this for three years now. I just love it. I think the whole dynamic of being in an environment of volunteers and people who are excited about being able to help is great. We try not to get too caught up in the stats but last year was an incredible year – we signed up more than 800 people to the register.”
Emily Rose studies English Literature and Maths and is a Glasgow Marrow volunteer.
“My best friend at school had two stem cell donations. Unfortunately, the second one didn’t take and we lost her, but the first one gave her a whole extra year with us, where she got to go on holiday and do all of these amazing things, like going on stage at the Royal Albert Hall. Obviously, I have a personal connection to the charity and I want to get as many people to sign up to the register as possible.”
David Robertson studies Electronic and Software Engineering and is Glasgow Marrow’s Communications Co-ordinator.
“I saw the stall at the Freshers’ Fayre when I was in first year. I’d signed up to the Anthony Nolan register a few months before that, so it was fresh in my mind. The greater the number of people there are on the stem cell register, the better the chance is for a patient in need of a transplant. The transplant has to come from a close genetic match. So by increasing awareness and increasing the numbers on the register, we’re more likely to be able to help people in need.”