It is estimated that less than 25,000 people out of the 390,000 people on the Anthony Nolan register are from the black and mixed parentage community. This makes it increasingly difficult to locate donors for black and minority ethnic patients suffering from leukaemia and other bone marrow-related illnesses.
In April 2011, Ayesha Siddiqui was diagnosed with a rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. She has undergone intensive chemotherapy, but her only hope for survival is to find a bone marrow donor. Her family and friends, along with representatives from Anthony Nolan and Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, organised a series of events to increase the number of potential donors who are either mixed race or from an ethnic minority background.
One of these events took place at Glasgow Central Mosque with support from Soul Therapy Scotland. It was a great success and even broke the Anthony Nolan record for the highest number of donor registrations in one hour.