TWO North Devon paramedics are behind a move to find more people to become bone marrow donors. Working with the Anthony Nolan Trust, Barnstaple-based paramedic Colin Bolsom has organised two donor recruitment sessions to support his friend and colleague P

TWO North Devon paramedics are behind a move to find more people to become bone marrow donors.Working with the Anthony Nolan Trust, Barnstaple-based paramedic Colin Bolsom has organised two donor recruitment sessions to support his friend and colleague Paul Down, who has been diagnosed with leukaemia.Two clinics have been organised at the St John Ambulance Training Centre in Princess Street, Barnstaple. The first is tomorrow, January 8, and a second will be held on January 13, both from 2pm to 6pm.Colin is hoping as many local people as possible will come forward to join the bone marrow register, which is maintained by the Anthony Nolan Trust, a charity which helps leukaemia sufferers fight the disease and find them suitable donors.He said: "I wanted to find a practical way to help my friend and others going through the same thing. In the first instance the clinics will involve nothing more than a blood test and questionnaire. Any adult between 18 and 40 without major illness can help and I would like to ask as may people as possible to try to support this initiative. I know at this time of year becoming a donor is the last thing on people's minds. But, who knows, registering as a bone marrow donor might just give a leukaemia sufferer the best New Year's present.