On Saturday 15th September, Newport County AFC and Rodney Parade will be opening the gates early to host Marrow for Marley swabbing stations.
The stations will open from midday and will be located in the Stadium Marquee. This can be accessed by coming through the main Rodney Parade gates which are on the corner of Grafton Road and Beresford Road.
The swab stations will remain open until 3pm and will re-open from 5pm-6pm. The process of signing up as a donor will take less than five minutes and the swabbing will take just seconds. That’s just five minutes to find out if you can save a special little boy's life.
Marrow for Marley is a campaign set up in aid of six-year old Marley Nicholls who has recently been diagnosed with a rare condition called Aplastic Anaemia. Only around 30-40 children in the UK are diagnosed with this condition per year and without a bone marrow transplant the condition will be fatal.
Marley is a very special, fun-loving little boy and has captured the hearts of everyone who’s been touched by his story. This is obvious from the fact people have flocked in their thousands to be swabbed in the hope that they are a potential donor.
On Saturday, Marrow for Marley will be welcoming anyone aged 17-55 to be tested to see if they are Marley’s match. (Please note that people with certain autoimmune and blood diseases are not able to be donors – information about this can be found online).
Marley and younger brother George will be joining the Club as special guests on Saturday and will be walking out with the team.
If you’re coming to the match early to get your swabs done, there will be family-friendly football-based activities taking place on the grass outside the Marquee from 1pm. The use of the grass is weather permitting.