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Call for organ donation lessons in schools

18th May 2012

A call has been made for students at secondary schools and colleges to be made more aware of organ donation.

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Keith Sudbury, who lost his son Adrian to leukaemia, wants educational establishments to include one lesson on how to donate stem cells, blood and organs and raise awareness by making donation part of the curriculum for students aged 16 and over.

The idea is being called “Adrian’s Law” and has received the backing of the Anthony Nolan charity.

Adrian died at the age of 27, after receiving a stem cell transplant which gave him an extra year of life, and had spent two years campaigning for better education about stem cell donation, including taking a petition to then Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Downing Street.

Mr Sudbury said: “We urgently need more people willing to donate blood and stem cells. By taking this message to students 16 years and over we can grow the first generation of potential lifesavers who really understand what it means to donate blood, organs and stem cells.”

Mr Sudbury and his wife Kay hope there will be a Private Member's Bill in the Commons to highlight its importance.

Reaching young people is important as they are more likely to be matches for stem cell donation.

Anthony Nolan charity chief executive Henny Braund said there had been a big response from presenting Adrian’s story in schools with thousands of teenagers signing up.

There are about 1,600 people in the UK waiting for a stem cell transplant at present.

 

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