by Scott Goodacre

Representatives from the Anthony Nolan Trust and NHS Blood And Transport were at college to talk to students about the importance of blood donation and how they they can help improve the quality of life for cancer sufferers around the world.

In front of a packed room, Anthony Nolan volunteer Jo Buckton – who defeated leukemia a few years ago – talked to students about how donations helped her recover and make it through a very difficult time in her life.

Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney is a supporter of the work being done by the Anthony Nolan Trust and visited college to lend his support to the charity and students from the college who chose to sign up.

Bone marrow donors have to be between the ages of 16 and 30, meaning students at Huddersfield New College are perfect to sign up to the register.

After the talks, representatives from the NHS blood donor unit were on hand in the canteen to answer questions and allow students to sign up to give blood from the age of 17.

Over 90 students signed up to give blood – which is a remarkable turn out and shows the dedication our students have to making a difference across the world.