A man who donated his stem cells has described the moment he found out he had given someone a second chance at life.
Paul Flecher-Herd, 28, made his donation in March after it was found he was a match with someone battling leukaemia.
Six months later he received an update from the Anthony Nolan Trust – including a card from the recipient.
In it, the man – whose identity Paul will not find out until a later date – revealed he had made a full recovery and was enjoying spending time with his wife and two children.
Paul, of Kingswells, said: “The first thing I felt when I read the card was just huge relief for the recipient and his family.
“It really is a feeling I’ve never felt before. I can’t put it into words.
“To have given him a second chance to enjoy life with his wife and kids when he may not have been able to is just unbelievable.
“Although I don’t know who he is yet, I feel like we will always have a bond between us.”
Paul initially signed up in memory of his friend Cammy Smith, who passed away in 2014. He has also set up a petition to change the law around employers giving people time off to donate.
Paul said: “If it wasn’t for Cammy I probably wouldn’t have signed up in the first place so this is all really thanks to him.
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“It’s still important to raise awareness. I still don’t think many people know what it’s about.
“Hopefully we can make it real for people that you could save a life.”
Rebecca Pritchard, head of register development at the Anthony Nolan Trust, said: “We are incredibly thankful to Paul and he should be very proud of the difference he has made, giving a patient with blood cancer a second chance of life.
“People who are aged 16-30 and in good general health can join the Anthony Nolan register.
“We’re particularly keen for young men to consider joining as they provide more than 50% of all stem cell donations but make up just 18% of our register.”
To sign Paul’s petition, visit bit.ly/2nBfIrq
To sign up to the stem cell donation register, visit anthonynolan.org/join