The colleagues of a Ilfracombe cancer-sufferer raising awareness of stem cell donation have raised more than £1,100 for charity. In February the Gazette reported how mum-of-three Tish Edwards, whose parents were born Indian, was urging the Asian community to sign up as stem cell donors. Tishs friends launched the Asian Persuasion after Tish was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in December 2012. She has come out of remission twice and was recently diagnosed again this year and has just completed a course of radiotherapy. There is a national shortage of Asian stem cell donors and since launching her campaign, Tishs Asian Persuasion has garnered more than 11,000 followers on Facebook. Tishs daughter Mica Sanders, who works at Perrigo in Braunton, wanted to do something to raise awareness of lymphoma. Mica organised a wear it purple day for the Lymphoma Association on Friday, with colleagues helping out to raise £1,130 - and counting. Factory workers donned purple hair nets and bakes cakes to get involved with the fundraising efforts. There was also a raffle and a chance to enter various competitions throughout the day. If you are interested in joining the bone marrow register is simple: just fill in a form and provide a saliva sample. Around 90 per cent of donations are similar to donating blood. Find out more at www.anthonynolan.org.