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Bromley woman to skydive for grandfather

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:05 18 September 2018

Emily and her grandfather Geoff. Picture: Emily Betts

Emily and her grandfather Geoff. Picture: Emily Betts

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A woman from West Wickham will soon be doing a skydive in memory of her grandfather Geoff Hamm.

Emily with her grandfather and family. Picture: Emily BettsEmily with her grandfather and family. Picture: Emily Betts

Emily Betts, 24, is raising money for the Anthony Nolan trust as a way of giving back to the charity that saved her grandad in 2006.

“The amazing charity helps people with leukaemia and blood disorders,” Emily said.

“In 2006, my grandad got diagnosed with the worst form of leukaemia. I was 12 years old.”

Being the most aggressive form of blood cancer, the chances of survival are slim, and Emily’s grandad was given six months to live.

In a desperate search to help, the family turned to the Anthony Nolan Trust, which helps save the lives of people who need bone marrow transplants.

Emily said: “They work tirelessly to match individuals willing to donate bone marrow to people with blood cancer disorders who need lifesaving transplants.

“My grandad, in his 11 year battle with the awful disease, was lucky enough to receive two bone marrow transplants which were both successful and aided his life for him to carry on fighting and see his family and grandchildren grow up.

“Unfortunately I lost my grandad in Christmas 2016.

“However, without the Anthony Nolan trust he would have died when I was 12. Due to their amazing work, I got to spend another amazing 11 years with him and he got to see my brothers and cousins grow up.”

Emily’s skydive will take place on November 10.

To donate to Emily’s Just Giving page visit https://www.justgiving.com/Emilybettsskydive.

To join the Anthony Nolan Stem Call register visit https://www.anthonynolan.org/8-ways-you-could-save-life/donate-your-stem-cells.

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