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NEWS: Nearly 500 Sky Blues sign up to support #PaddysPlea - and you can still help!

2 May 2019

Nearly 500 Coventry City supporters helped support #PaddysPlea last Sunday afternoon.

Paddy Igoe, from Earlsdon in Coventry, was recently diagnosed with severe aplastic anaemia – a serious disease which requires blood transfusions several times a week. It can be treated with a bone marrow transplant from another individual who has the same tissue type.

The 12-year-old, who is a pupil at Finham Park Seconard School and until a few months ago was a talented footballer playing for Alvis Juniors, has a rare tissue type and no suitable matches are currently registered worldwide.

This has sparked a campaign to help find Paddy a match as soon as possible.

A group of volunteers were on hand at the Coventry City vs Shrewsbury match on Sunday 28th April running a ‘Swab 4 Paddy’ event, and nearly 500 Sky Blues supporters were swabbed - thank you for your support!

There is still the chance to get swabbed and help #PaddysPlea at other donor events:

  • Thursday 2nd May - 3:30pm – 8pm at Earlsdon Primary School
  • Friday 3rd May - 4pm – 8pm at Sacred Heart Primary School
  • Sunday 12th May – Coventry Food and Drink Festival 
  • Saturday 18th May - From 12pm at Alvis Sports & Social on Green Lane

You can see more information on the Facebook page here:

Those able to register must be between 17 and 55 years of age and in general good health.  Registering takes around five minutes and involves taking three swabs from the inside of your mouth.

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