Stevenage man sleeps rough for charity

Nicholas Harrison who will be sleeping rough for charity

Nicholas Harrison who will be sleeping rough for charity - Credit: Archant

A DAD is hoping to raise both money and awareness for a charity by making himself homeless.

Nicholas Harrison from Bragbury End. Stevenage, intends to sleep on the streets of London alone for three nights from July 17-20, in aid of Anthony Nolan.

The 27-year-old, who lost his mother to a terminal illness five years ago, said: “Unfortunately my mother didn’t have a second chance but I want others to have the opportunity.

“I am slightly nervous about what lies ahead and I am expecting it to be a real eye opener to how the homeless in London live. I’m sure I will be okay, probably the hardest thing for me will be the lack of food, but if I can reach my target and raise the £1000 I have set myself, it will all be worth while. I’ll be thinking about my daughter Keeleigh most the time.”

Nicholas is urging people to consider joining the donor register. “It is as simple as filling in your details on the Anthony Nolan website, spitting in a pot, and sticking it in the post. How great would it be to know that you could personally save someone’s life,” he said.

The charity help save the lives of blood cancer patients who desperately need a bone marrow transplant by finding them a donor.

Jayne Cromwell, head of regional fundraising at Anthony Nolan, says, “We’re delighted that Nicholas has signed up as a potential donor and has been inspired to fundraise for Anthony Nolan. It costs the charity £100 to add each new potential donor to the bone marrow register, so fundraising is essential to the work that we do.”

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The charity are looking for more men aged 16-30 to sign up as they account for 80 per cent of bone marrow donations but only make up 12 per cent of the register.

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