Ian flies in to give bone marrow

Ian Parker
Ian Parker

A Kettering man returned from Afghanistan and donated bone marrow to a stranger to try to save their life.

Ian Parker was working as a civil servant in Afghanistan over Christmas when his wife received a call from blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

Ian, 46, said: “When I returned from my tour in Afghanistan, my wife told me that Anthony Nolan had called and I could be a match for someone in need of a bone marrow transplant. I called them straight away. It felt really good that I might be able to help someone.”

Anthony Nolan uses its register to find donors for people with blood cancer in need of bone marrow or stem cell transplants.