WQE welcomes back the Rik Basra campaign
On Wednesday 31 October we welcomed back the Rik Basra campaign to raise awareness and encourage students to sign up to the Anthony Nolan register.
The Rik Basra campaign was formed after Rik Basra, a former police officer was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in 2009. His treatment consisted of intensive chemotherapy which initially worked but when the Leukaemia returned Rik was told he needed a bone marrow transplant. The alternative treatment was difficult to source and he was advised that there was a significantly lower number of donors from the Asian sub-continent. Fate was on Rik’s side and a donor was found but he realised some people weren’t so lucky so he set out to raise awareness of stem cell donation.
The college has supported the campaign for a number of years and has always seen a positive response from our students who’ve continued to encourage and raise awareness of stem cell donation.
Initially the team set a target to register 300 students which was then exceeded with 310 students signing up to the list, 100 additional students than last years total. Along with our Regent Road campus the total sign ups came to 595.
If you didn’t have the chance to sign up you can click here for more information on how to register.