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Leicester Heroes Day

On Tuesday 25 October 2016, in collaboration with The Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign, Leicester University is aiming to smash the UK record number of sign-ups in a day to the Anthony Nolan Stem Cell Donor Register.

But, that's not enough, the university and the charity, set up by former Leicestershire Police officer Rik Basra and his family when he was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukaemia in 2009, also want to celebrate all those unsung heroes across the city who deserve recognition.

"Every 20 minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer but, shockingly, only half of those in need of a stem cell donor will find a match so the two organisations want to spread the message that donating stem cells is a simple process and much like giving blood."

"Thanks to the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign, Leicestershire is second only to London for stem cell recruitment and we want to keep it that way," says a spokesman for the university,

"Leicester is the city of heroes; you only have to look at our recent sporting accolades to witness the spirit, determination and drive in our community. We want to shout about the unsung heroes across the region."

So how can you get involved?

Before the event, you can nominate your Leicester heroes. Do you know somebody who has:

  • enriched the lives of others
  • shown dedication and selflessness
  • made a special and significant impact on an individual, families, or the community at large or
  • gone 'above and beyond' to serve and inspire others?

If so, you could nominate them to receive a Leicester Hero Award. There are no categories and no restrictions. The deadline for nominations is this Friday (14 October) and you can nominate someone by clicking here.

If chosen to receive a Leicester Hero Award, your nominee will be treated to a three-course lunch alongside special VIPs, be presented with their award and, most importantly, given a hero's welcome. The awards lunch will take place on Tuesday 25 October at the University of Leicester.

On the day of the event

You can go along to the university's main campus on Tuesday 25 October between 10am - 4pm and help beat leukaemia. You will be welcomed by a festive atmosphere and, if you are between the ages of 16 -30, you can join the Anthony Nolan register. It will take only 10 minutes and will involve the following:

  • Completing a short form (contact details)
  • Spitting into a tube (just a teaspoon)

That's it, you're done. After signing up, you can relax and enjoy some of the performances and browse the market stalls. Need more information?

Visit the Anthony Nolan website

Visit the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign website.