Leeds Marrow, formed in 2004, is the student run branch of Anthony Nolan, a charity that aims to save the lives of people with blood cancer who need blood stem cell treatment or bone marrow transplants.
Anthony Nolan has 171 staff and over 400,000 people on the bone marrow register, but it costs approximately £100 to add a single person to that register, which turns recruitment into a costly business.
Every year, Anthony Nolan turns over £22 million, £6 million of which is voluntary income. According to the Anthony Nolan website, for every pound the charity spends is distributed as follows:
- 74p goes to help save live, recruiting donors and providing transplants for people in desperate need.
- 14p goes towards raising more money, including fundraising activities.
- 7p goes towards research to help make transplants even more successful.
- 4p goes on education programmes.
- 1p goes on the charity’s governance.
As part of its fund raising mission, Leeds Marrow is hosting a charity poker night on between 4p.m and 11p.m on November 23. Mine at Leeds University Union is the venue for The Poker Games, an £8 buy-in poker tournament that last year attracted more than 80 players and saw over £600 worth of donated prizes given away. Buy your ticket before November 15 and receive 10% extra chips as a bonus!
Prizes already promised to this year’s winners include:
- 10 paintball tickets at Deltaforce
- £20 M&S voucher
- 2 x tickets for Hyde Park Picture House
- Signed Leeds Rhinos ball
- 2 x Lazer Zone tickets
- 2 x xplore tickets
Tickets can be purchased via the Leeds Marrow site, which is also the perfect place to find out more about this amazing charity, learn how to become a volunteer, join the bone marrow register or make a donation.