RADIO City joined the Globe’s campaign to help a young Wirral boy with a life-threatening blood disorder.
Hundreds turned up at the station’s studios in St John’s Tower, Liverpool, to sign up to give blood last Wednesday.
It followed our story about 11-month-old Jack Hayhoe, from Hoylake, who was diagnosed with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome - a rare immune system genetic deficiency.
The tot needs regular blood platelet transfusions and has had six since birth. He also needs a bone marrow operation if there is any chance of survival.
His parents Mandy and Ian contacted us concerned that there was a severe lack of platelets across the country and urged our readers to come forward and donate.
The story, published in our Christmas Eve edition, prompted a rise in the number of people giving blood over the festive period.
Following on from the kickstart the Globe gave the campaign, Mandy enlisted the help of Radio City 96.7’s breakfast DJ Simon Ross to spread awareness across Merseyside.
Among the hundreds of donors signing up last Wednesday to become donors were Globe writer Craig Manning, photographer David Gennard, and of course early bird City DJ Rossie.
Afterwards, Mandy said: “We’re absolutely overwhelmed with the support we’ve had so far and with the amount of people who came along to be donors. We can’t thank everybody enough for their help. After we had the article in the News
over Christmas, I decided I was on a bit of a mission to go out and find more platelet and bone marrow donors, so we’ve done a few things now and have been on Radio City and Granada Reports. Hopefully it’s generated quite a lot of interest.”
Jack’s only hope of long-term survival is a bone marrow operation, which he is due to have early this year. Dad Ian said: “Consultants at Alder Hay have indicated that they think there is a potential match for Jack and we’re hoping to go to Newcastle General Hospital in February to check Jack’s suitability for a transplant.”
DJ Rossie said: “Mandy called us to talk about platelets and we wanted to find a lot more.
“Frankly. I knew they were something to do with blood, but had no idea what role they played. I don’t think many of our listeners did until then, either.
“Mandy came on the radio and talked about Jack, and we decided to take it a bit further.
“We wanted to inspire people to give blood and become platelet donors and maybe even a bone marrow donor as well, because little Jack will eventually need a bone marrow operation.
“They don’t really do a lot of operations like that in the UK, so we thought we’d highlight little Jack’s plight.
After all, giving blood is something you can do in your lunch hour. THE WIRRAL GLOBE