At the turn of 2018 our editor Olivia stated she would love it if we had a company charity. It was important to her that we had a focus on helping people in some way. She commented that, after watching a Ted Talk video she was inspired to sign up to the bone marrow register through Anthony Nolan. Anthony Nolan coincidentally had a significant place in Broadsword Director Matt Green’s heart given they had been involved in his father receiving a bone marrow transplant a few years earlier. Charity and business don’t always seem to go hand in hand however this seemed to be a perfect match – something Anthony Nolan strives to achieve in its work. For 2018 we have adopted the charity and have undertaken a number of internal fundraising activities, which have also proved to be great team building exercises. Matt however has gone one step further.
This weekend he will be attempting to run (probably more likely walk) non-stop 100km (62.5miles) from Lewknor in Oxfordshire along The Ridgeway, Britain’s oldest path and down to the Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire. www.racetothestones.com We wish Matt the best of luck with his challenge and ask, if you’re out over the coming days maybe consider not buying ‘one more drink’ or a coffee and cake and support Matt in his efforts
If all our social media contacts and connection switched a pint, glass of wine, or Wimbledon’s strawberries and cream to an Anthony Nolan donation just think what a difference we’d all make. As Matt said: “All cancer has its battles and challenges for sufferers and their families to overcome however blood cancer felt at times, like a real tightrope, moving around your body, rather than concentrating on one spot. The work my Dad’s doctors undertook felt constantly ground-breaking and his German bone marrow donor, sourced through Anthony Nolan, an inspiration.”