FOOTBALL legend Linvoy Primus is proving he’s a hero off the pitch as well as on it.
The former Pompey favourite is set to join the bone marrow donor register in a bid to help baby Jasmine Andrew.
The three-month-old has a potentially life-threatening immune system deficiency and the only cure is a bone marrow transplant.
As soon as Linvoy heard about the tot’s plight he jumped at the chance to help her and immediately pledged his support for our campaign to find her a bone marrow match.
And now the football star is urging readers of The News to do the same.
He said: ‘I’m more than happy to join the register.
‘If you’ve got an opportunity to help someone, you’ve got to take that. You could literally be a life saver here.
‘I’d definitely encourage News readers to join the register too.’
The News launched a campaign earlier this week to help find Jasmine a bone marrow match.
The tot was born with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) and is constantly at risk of infections.
Anthony Nolan – a charity which specialises in finding matches – is backing our campaign to help her.
Together we are set to organise sessions in the area for people to attend and join the register. Linvoy will be joining us at one.
During the events, Anthony Nolan representatives will be on hand to take saliva samples from those willing to join the register.
That sample will then be sent to a laboratory in London where the tissue type will be noted and the person added to the donor register.
If you are found to be a match for Jasmine, or for any other patient in need of a transplant, Anthony Nolan will then contact you.
Linvoy said: ‘I think when you realise how easy and simple it is to do and how effective and life changing it can be, you just can’t say no.’
Details of the bone marrow donor sessions we are organising will be announced soon.
In the meantime, Anthony Nolan are inviting people to sign up online or by calling the charity.