20th February 2020
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School pupils sign up to become potential lifesavers after fire service visit

Over 100 school pupils from the Anderson High School have signed up as potential lifesavers after hearing of a partnership between the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan Trust.

Orkney-based Station Commander Dougie Campbell paid a visit to the school this week to tell youngsters about the service’s link with the charity.

The partnership works in schools across Scotland – educating youngsters about the need for more stem cell donors while dispelling myths around stem cell donation.

Eligible students are also given the opportunity to register.

A period of reflection was given and pupils urged to speak to parents or carers before making a decision.

Twenty-three S5 pupils came forward as “champions” to organise a registration event.

And it proved worthwhile. In the end, 137 pupils came forward to put their names on a register, making themselves available for stem cell donations should they be required.

Finding matches for patients is said to be very difficult, with only a one in 800 chance of someone on the register being found to be a match for a patient.

The majority of donations – 90 per cent – are made through a simple outpatient procedure similar to giving blood.

Donors, in giving a second chance of life, are always said to reproduce everything they donate in a a very short space of time.

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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