Wolves players have joined club legend Steve Bull in helping to promote an appeal for a little girl suffering from a rare form of blood cancer.
Sixteen-month old Margot Martini has an extremely rare form of leukaemia, the kind her doctors have only seen three times in the last ten years.
In order to survive, Margot requires a blood stem cell donation from somebody with a similar tissue type as hers.
Margot lives with Mum and Dad – Vicki and Yaser – and brothers Oscar and Rufus in Roehampton, but has spent much of the recent months in Great Ormond Street Hospital and is on her third round of chemotherapy.
Vicki grew up in Essington while Margot’s Auntie, Charlotte, lives in Wolverhampton, and Steve, Wolves’ Vice-President and record goalscorer, has been getting involved in helping push the campaign.
Any healthy adult living in the UK between the ages of 18 and 55 can become a potential blood stem cell donor and the registration process is simple.
A swab of the inside of the cheek can determine a person’s tissue characteristics and the potential as to whether they could be a lifesaver.
Margot’s family have organised a national ‘donor drive’ where volunteers register in the hope of doctors finding the perfect match.
One event is taking place at Wolverhampton’s Mount Hotel on Sunday, February 23, between 10am and 4pm.
“Hopefully as many people as possible can get along and let’s see if we can find someone who is a match for Margot,” said Steve.
“From just a swab from somebody’s cheek they could end up saving a life.”
Steve was joined in promoting the campaign and the bracelets being used to raise awareness by Wolves players and Academy graduates Danny Batth and David Davis, and recent signing Michael Jacobs.
“The lads are only too happy to be able to help out and wear the bracelets,” said Danny.
“The more people that get involved the better the chance of finding a match and all the players wish Margot and her family all the very best.”
For more details visit www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk or www.twitter.com/swab4margot
*Margot is pictured (inset) as the lads join Bully in nailing their colours to the mast.