Gillingham: More Than £20,000 Raised In Aidan Brunger's Memory

14 August 2015, 06:00

A year after a 22-year-old from Gillingham was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack in Borneo, his parents have told Heart they want to make his life-giving legacy live on.

Aidan Brunger - from Kent - was on a work placement abroad as part of his degree with his friend - Neil Dalton.

In March, a Malaysian man was sentenced to death for their murder.

Now their family and friends have raised more than £20,000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust - a charity the boys supported.

Aidan's mum and step-dad, Nigel and Sue Hidson, spoke to Heart's Charlotte Wright in their first and only interview since it happened.

Anthony Nolan was the world's first bone marrow register. The blood cancer charity matches people willing to donate their bone marrow to blood cancer patients in need of a transplant.

Someone is diagnosed with blood cancer every 20 minutes. Around 2,000 people in the UK need a bone marrow (or stem cell) transplant from a stranger each year. Currently, only 60% of transplant recipients receive the best possible match, and this drops dramatically to 20.5% if you're from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background.

Listen to Craig Wills from the charity.

You can read more about the bone marrow campaign, or donate to the fundraising in Aidan Brunger's name, at AnthonyNolan.org
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