Thursday, 26 November 2009

New Dr Who star supports leukaemia boy's campaign

A Northampton teenager has enlisted celebrity support in his campaign to find a bone marrow donor.

Matt Herbert, 15, suffers from leukaemia and urgently needs a bone marrow transplant.A campaign has been started to find the boy a donor and has got the support of top sporting stars as well as the new Doctor Who Matt Smith.

"Matts Match" which is being run in conjunction with the Anthony Nolan Trust, involves a series of clinics to find a match, with the next due to take place tomorrow.The previous clinic, held at Northampton Town Football Club, saw 103 people recruited to the donor register and was one of the first to use saliva samples rather than blood samples.

Keen rugby player Matt has already gained the support of his sporting heroes, as well as childhood friend Doctor Who star Matt Smith, also from Northampton.

Writing on the Matt's Match website, the actor said: "Matthew and I grew up in the same street in Northampton just three houses apart"."Although he is younger, we both played ball games in that same street but his was a rugby ball and mine a football.

"We both went to the same junior school and secondary school and we even share the same name.

"Matthew is such a kind, intelligent and fun-loving young man and so it is extremely important to me, personally, that he has all the support and help he deserves with his current illness."

(Thanks to the Asian Leader for this story ).

Matt's Webpage can be found by clicking HERE.

Nice job Matt :-)

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