Death of Karla knocks our trivial fears

AS reporter Jenny Coombes wrote this week on our centre pages , there s always something we seem to put off. How many of us have meant to give blood, but never got round to it? That sponsored run seemed a good idea until the training regime dropped on th

AS reporter Jenny Coombes wrote this week on our centre pages , there's always something we seem to put off.

How many of us have meant to give blood, but never got round to it? That sponsored run seemed a good idea until the training regime dropped on the mat and put us off.

Going on the bone marrow list was something I must admit I ruled out as it seemed to be an eminently painful experience.

Of course, a little pain suffered in order to save a life should not put us off, but it is only human nature.


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The tragic death of Karla Neckles makes the above arguments seem trivial. This brave 21-year-old mum of two young boys needed the help of someone to save her life - but it came too late.

Her death stunned our usually cynical news room and we are determined to try to make sure her death is not in vain.

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With Jenny leading the way, we are asking you to contemplate putting your name forward for the bone marrow donor list, so we can help save the lives of many more Karla Neckles.

In the next few weeks we will be trying to encourage readers to come forward - particularly among the Asian and African community. It doesn't seem a huge step to take does it?

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