Pictured from left to right are Friends of the Anthony Nolan Trust Julie Cook, Abbie Sisman and Alfie Cook.
A charity which raises funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust has received a much-needed cash boost from Allison Homes via the Larkfleet Homes Community Fund.
The fund has given £250 to the Lincoln Friends of Anthony Nolan to help raise funds and awareness of the trust in Nettleham and other villages around Lincoln and to assist with patient care.
Julie Cook, who set up the Lincoln Friends of Anthony Nolan in 2014, said: “I started Lincoln Friends of Anthony Nolan in 2014 because Anthony Nolan (the national charity) had found a stem cell donor for my granddaughter which enabled her to have a lifesaving stem cell transplant to cure her of blood cancer.
“Our local group holds coffee mornings, we have a ball coming up at Christmas and we attend village and school events where we hold tombolas, raffles and sell donated goods. We also do collections in supermarkets and people have done sponsored events for us such as the Lincoln 10k run and a 24-hour hockey match which was organised by a supporter.”
The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund supports groups which enhance or develop local communities. It makes grants to charities or voluntary organisations within ten miles (16 kilometres) of any housing development by Larkfleet Homes or Allison Homes, both part of The Larkfleet Group of Companies which is based in Bourne, Lincolnshire.
Allison Homes is currently building new homes at Deepdale Lane, Nettleham – a new development of 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom houses and bungalows.
Karl Hick, CEO of Allison Homes, said: “A community is more than just houses. When we are building new homes, we want to support the local groups that our residents can participate in to help build a real community.”
Anthony Nolan is a national charity that was set up in 1974 to match bone marrow and blood stem cell donors to those suffering from blood cancer and other blood disorders who need transplants.
The Lincoln Friends of Anthony Nolan helps local people going through treatment and recovery to access support from the charity such as a grant and to a specialist post-transplant nurse funded by Anthony Nolan at Nottingham which is where local patients have treatment.
Funds raised by the group also go towards recruiting new donors. It costs £40 to put each new donor on to the register and the more potential donors there are the more lives can be saved.
“People age 16-30 can join the Anthony Nolan register and if over 30 and under 55 we advise them to join the DKMS register. Research has now proven that younger donors are preferred by transplant centres as they lead to better outcomes for patients.
“We have a Facebook page and Lincoln Friends of Anthony Nolan are always happy to talk to people about our local group or about being a potential donor,” added Julie Cook.
Cambridgeshire Community Foundation manages The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund on Larkfleet’s behalf. Any community or voluntary group wishing to find out more about the fund can visit here. telephone 01223 410535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.