Varsity charity partners – Swansea Marrow & Anthony Nolan

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Student volunteer group Swansea Marrow have been selected as the charity of the year for this year’s Welsh Varsity and will be raising funds for Anthony Nolan to help beat blood cancer.

Rachel Thompson, President of Swansea Marrow, said, ‘It is an honour to be chosen as the official charity for Welsh Varsity. This is the biggest event of the Uni year and it would be great to see as many students as possible getting involved with fundraising on the day and at the events leading up to it. With your help we can help more patients affected by blood cancer’.

Swansea Marrow supports blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, which saves the lives of people with blood cancer, such as leukaemia, by matching them to people willing to donate their bone marrow, or blood stem cells, for a lifesaving transplants.

Since September, Swansea Marrow has recruited 200 potential donors on to the Anthony Nolan register and raised £640 in vital funds.

Rebecca Brewer, Community Fundraiser at Anthony Nolan, said, ‘The fundraising that Swansea Marrow students are doing at Welsh Varsity this year, will make such a big difference. It costs £60 to recruit each person to the Anthony Nolan register, so fundraising is a vital part of our lifesaving work. The more fundraising we do, the more potential donors we can recruit onto the bone marrow register, and the more lives we can save.’

Swansea Marrow along with Cardiff Marrow and Anthony Nolan volunteers will be at the sports village during the day. We’ll have fab freebies and a great competition.

Please come and say hi, give what you can and ask us about volunteering. Look out for us at the Liberty Stadium for the rugby too!

If you’re not able to attend on the day, you can still donate at

You can find out more about Swansea Marrow on their Facebook page or @Swansea_marrow on Twitter.

To get in touch directly, please email Swansea Marrow on



Marrow, formed in 1997, is a UK wide student volunteering network in over 50 universities which supports blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

Marrow has recruited over 85,000 potential donors onto the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register since 1997. 

To date, of those recruited, 786 people have gone on to donate.  That’s 786 lives potentially saved.

Currently, 1 in 4 stem cell donors in the UK are recruited by Marrow.

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Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer. The charity uses its register to match potential stem cell donors to blood cancer and blood disorder patients in need of stem cell transplants. It also carries out pioneering research to increase stem cell transplant success, and supports patients through their transplant journeys. Every day Anthony Nolan gives three people a second chance at life. Find out more at


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