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Monday 11 March 2013

Kelly and Allen give support Reds' donor drive

Event at Anfield aims to find bone marrow donors to help those suffering with leukaemia

Martin Kelly, Dani Lawrence and Joe Allen are backing the donor drive at Liverpool

Joe Allen and Martin Kelly are the latest Liverpool players to back an initiative to help find donors that potentially save the lives of people suffering with leukaemia.

Liverpool have teamed up with Anthony Nolan, the UK's leading blood cancer charity, to try to find new donors with Anfield hosting a special event on 25 March in the Centenary Stand.

The club's Youth Ambassadors will be on hand as volunteers at the event, which runs from 3pm to 7pm. Volunteers can give a small saliva sample and will be invited to join the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register and those that sign up will be entered into a raffle with prizes from Liverpool and the club’s Foundation up for grabs.

"You could be the one that makes the difference"
Brad Jones

Lucas Leiva and Daniel Agger also lent their support to the scheme and the charity with goalkeeper Brad Jones urging people to get involved. Jones lost his son Luca to leukaemia in November 2011.

"You could be the one that makes the difference," Jones told the club's website. "We've had other events like this and people have gone on to become donors and save lives.

"If you come along and continue with the process, you'll live the rest of your life knowing that you've been another person's saviour. You've given them a second chance at life and I can't really imagine a better feeling."

Mark Haig from the Liverpool Foundation added: "It's part of a club event, it's part of a Foundation event, it fits with our core aims but really what you are going to be doing is potentially helping others."

For more information about the Anthony Nolan campaign, and to join register if you are unable to make the event in Liverpool, visit the charity’s website by clicking here >>

To watch Jones's interview about the importance of signing up, click here >>

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Key Points

  • Liverpool stars Martin Kelly and Joe Allen are backing drive to find bone marrow donors
  • Donors could save the lives of people suffering with leukaemia
  • Anthony Nolan charity holding at event at Anfield on 25 March