DOZENS of pupils have signed up as potential stem cell or bone marrow donors for the Anthony Nolan Trust in honour of a favourite teacher battling leukaemia.

A total of 60 Clydebank High pupils became donors when the charity returned to the school on Tuesday as they learn more about the blood cancer Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

As reported in last week’s Post, chemistry and pastoral care teacher Graham Simpson has been in the Beatson for three weeks after intense chemotherapy.

But it destroyed his immune system and he’s now been moved to the critical care ward of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital with pneumonia.

Generous Bankies have shown their overwhelming support for Graham since our story last week, with donations topping £3,300 within days for the Beatson Cancer Charity in the teacher’s name.

Lorraine Simpson, Graham’s wife and depute head at the school, told the Post: “Graham has been so touched by both the response to the appeal and from the lovely, encouraging messages, especially those from both current and former pupils.

“It’s truly given him the strength to keep fighting.”

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service first launched their campaign with Anthony Nolan in Clydebank in 2009 and today topped 10,000 registered donors thanks to Clydebank High S6 pupil Shelley Mckay. And they’ve also had their 26th match for those needing life-saving stem cell or bone marrow transplants.

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