Hawks help in bone marrow search for ill eight-year-old boy

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AN APPEAL to find a blood donor match for an eight-year-old boy will be coming to Havant.

Langstone Technology Park, in Havant, is hosting a donor recruitment session on Thursday, which is open to people aged 18 to 40.

The session hopes to find a match for Oliver Baylis, from Horsham, Sussex, who was born with Kostmann’s syndrome. The condition – also known as severe congenital neutropenia – is an inherited disorder of the bone marrow.

Children born with this condition lack neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that is important in fighting infection, and means they frequently suffer from infections.

His family were told he could develop leukaemia aged 10, and earlier this year, his family were told he was starting to show signs.

Now a search is taking place with blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan to find a match.

The blood donor session runs from midday to 7pm, at the technology park in Langstone Road.

Volunteers will be given information and disclaimer to sign, before being asked to provide saliva.

This will determine what tissue type a person is, and could possibly find a match. The charity is keen to recruit men aged 18 to 30 as they are most likely to be chosen.

For this reason players from Havant and Waterlooville Football Club are supporting the initiative, and many of the team will be taking part.

The test takes up to 10 minutes.

To find out more about the sign-up session, visit langtp.com.

For more information on the charity, or to become a donor, visit anthonynolan.org.