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Lad Who Gave Up Chance To See England In Euro Semi-Final Saves Someone’s Life

James Hilsum

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Lad Who Gave Up Chance To See England In Euro Semi-Final Saves Someone’s Life

If you're in need of a feel-good story during these uncertain times, then read on for a truly heart-warming tale.

Sam Astley won tickets in a competition to watch England's Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark in July, but passed up on the chance after discovering he was a donor match for a patient that needed a stem cell and bone marrow transplant.

He had previously signed up to Anthony Nolan stem cell register, but the procedure fell on the same day as the game.

The 24-year-old had no hesitation in giving up the tickets though, and received plenty of plaudits for his selfless gesture from the likes of England legend, Gary Lineker.

The story was so captivating that it resulted in a celebrity campaign to get Sam and his girlfriend VIP tickets to see the Three Lions in the final.

Now, with more than 100 days having passed since the procedure, Sam learned that his donation had saved someone's life, as reported by The Metro.

Sam said the news was "really positive," and wrote an anonymous letter to the recipient - he could not find out their details due to confidentiality reasons.

 Sam Astley (Sam Astley / SWNS)
Sam Astley (Sam Astley / SWNS)

The procedure itself had no significant side effects for Sam, aside from a sore back, and revealed that he would do the same thing again if necessary.

"After two weeks I was back to full energy. I was quite nervous before but I had no side effects; it really was quite easy from my side," he said.

"I'd do it again if somebody asked me to."

Henny Braund MBE, chief executive of blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, added: "Sam's story captured the attention of the entire country during an exciting Euros tournament.

"In sharing his donation experience, 1,500 people were inspired to apply to join the Anthony Nolan register.

"To put it simply, this equals 1,500 more chances for patients hoping for a second chance of life - but there is more to do."

The charity is looking for more men aged between 16 and 30 to join the Anthony Nolan register, as they are more likely to be chosen to donate.

You can sign up online at

Topics: England

James Hilsum
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