TOWIE, Made In Chelsea & Geordie Shore come together for Anthony Nolan

Published Tuesday, Aug 4 2015, 00:01 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
TOWIE, Made In Chelsea and Geordie Shore have all joined forces and it's all thanks to blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

We've all been dying for a mash up of our favourite reality shows and while we haven't been successful in bringing Essex, Chelsea and Newcastle's finest together, Anthony Nolan has.

It seems the charity's #IGiveASpit campaign was just too good to miss out on, with Bobby Norris, Stevie Johnson and Charlotte Crosby all helping out towards the cause and getting involved in the search for new stem cell donors.

Bobby Norris, Anthony Nolan #IGiveASpit campaign
4 August

© Jez Tozer/Anthony Nolan

Stevie Johnson, Anthony Nolan #IGiveASpit
4 August

© Danny Peace/Anthony Nolan

Urging more young donors to get involved, the stars have donned their exclusive #IGiveASpit t-shirts designed by fashion forward Ashish. Not only is it a pretty cool tee that you could totally rock from day-to-day, it has the potential to be extra sassy as you can style it yourself.

Bobby and Stevie gave it a go and we love what the pair have come up with. While Bobs is rocking a pair of cute angel wings on his sleeves, Stevie has given his a few jazzy doodles that will definitely make him stand out from the crowd. Who knew he was such a budding artist, eh?

Charlotte, meanwhile, decided to prove how easy it is to become a donor for Anthony Nolan, taking a selfie with her donor kit. How does it work? It involves spitting into a tube and caring enough to do it. Sounds pretty simple!

For people with blood cancer and other blood disorders, a stem cell transplant is often their last chance of survival. Anthony Nolan matches people willing to donate their stem cells with those in desperate need of a transplant.

It's not the first time Bobby and Stevie have teamed up on behalf of Anthony Nolan, with the pair showing their support for the charity in October last year at Anthony Nolan's Supporters Awards.

Charlotte Crosby, Anthony Nolan #IGiveASpit campaign
4 August

© Anthony Nolan

Anthony Nolan holds a close place in Bobby's heart as his mum relied on a stem cell transplant after falling ill with Leukaemia.

Following her diagnosis, Bobby's mum Kym was given a course of chemotherapy before being told her best chance of survival is to have a bone marrow transplant. Not surprisingly, his TOWIE co-stars were quick to send Bobby and his mum their support, appealing for fans to register.

Luckily for Bobs, his campaigning worked and his mum finally found a match earlier this year.

Speaking about his experience, Bobby has said: "This August marks a year since my mum was told her only hope of survival was a stem cell transplant. I felt helpless and terrified, but then something amazing happened, TOWIE fans showed they cared.

"They signed up to the Anthony Nolan register in their thousands and proved they are the most caring fans in the world. Any one of them would have been willing to save my mum or another person like her – basically, they 'gave a spit'. It was amazing to see something so positive come from something so terrible.

"In February, mum finally found a match and the transplant went ahead. It's a long road to recovery but day by day, she's getting stronger. I can't wait to take her on the holiday of a lifetime when she's well enough.

"Somewhere out there, there's a person who gave my mum a second chance of life. I hope one day I'll be able to meet that person, but I don't know what I'd say – thank you isn't enough."

Other famous faces getting involved are Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie, Blue stars Lee Ryan and Antony Costa and EastEnders' Kellie Shirley (who played Carly Wicks).

You too can get your hands on an #IGiveASpit tee. Either customise your own at the live design and print boutique YR STORE at Topman, Oxford Circus, or you can buy one at the Anthony Nolan eBay store.

For more information and to join the Anthony Nolan register click here.

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