A MIDHURST teenager has defied the odds and won her battle to find a bone marrow donor, to help her fight a life -threatening illness.
Sophie Bosley was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia – a rare blood cancer – just over two years ago.
She is being treated in the paediatric oncology centre at Southampton’s St Mary’s Hospital and has now been referred to the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
With no stem cell matches in her family, she had to turn to strangers for help and most recently, she launched a recruitment drive at Chichester College asking for young people to sign up to the Anthony Nolan donor register.
The event saw a huge response, with nearly 100 youngsters turning up to show their support and sign up to help Sophie and others in need.
And now she has found a match. The next step is to wait for decisions from doctors as to whether or not she can go ahead with an operation this year.
Despite her illness, inspirational Sophie has continued to work tirelessly both at school and in her community and has been awarded the Girl Guides top accolade, the Guiding Star, for her achievements.
Now Sophie and her friend Charlotte are organising another fundraising event for the Anthony Nolan charity.
A concert will be held at Midhurst Rother College Theatre on Friday, April 4.
Doors will open at 6.40pm for a 7pm start.
Tickets are £5 each and available from Sophie or Charlotte Oliver as well as Caffé Verdi and Stepping Out in Midhurst and Déjà Vu and Ashavan beauty/ hair salons in Petworth.
There will be a short interval where refreshments will be available, with all money going to Anthony Nolan. Raffle tickets can be bought on the door to win a selection of donated prizes from local businesses and companies. The concert will include a host of talented musicians and dancers along with some special guests.