Paris runner urges Harrogate donors to save lives

Richard Mayo completed the Paris marathon

Richard Mayo completed the Paris marathon

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Harrogate man Richard Mayo has urged young people to help save lives by donating blood stem cells after raising £1,000 for the Anthony Nolan trust by completing the Paris marathon.

Richard Mayo, 25, took on the challenge last Sunday for the charity, which matches donors willing to donate blood stem cells to people who need lifesaving transplants.

Richard works in London but said he was well supported by friends and family in the town he grew up in.

He told the Harrogate Advertiser series: “It’s the first full marathon I have done, and there was a great sense of achievement.

“I have completed the Great North Run before, but this was completely different.”

Richard explained why he wanted to raise cash for Anthony Nolan.

He said: “The charity does a lot to raise awareness of blood cancer as well as getting people to donate and raise money.

“They helped my family in the past, it is a charity very close to my heart.”

He added: “They are always looking for more donors, it is very straightforward and it could be hugely important to someone waiting for a transplant.”

Richard joined 50,000 runners in the French capital.

The need for donors aged 20-30 is important in saving lives.

Information on donating money or blood stem cells to Anthony Nolan is available at www.anthonynolan.org