The Rovers squad were paid a visit at training this week by a team from the Scottish Fire Service (Kirkcaldy station) and the Anthony Nolan Trust.

One of the senior officers at Kirkcaldy  (and proud Rovers supporter), Group Manager Gary Dall has stood on the front line for almost 30 years to protect communities at a range of different emergencies.
But the father-of-four is now in desperate need of a donor after being diagnosed last month with Myelodysplastic Syndrome.

He has already started treatment to try and manage his illness, but has been told he needs chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant to deliver a positive long term outcome.

Gary said “I would urge anyone who can be screened for the stem cell donor list to sign up. Even if you aren’t a match for me, there are so many others in a similar situation who you may be able to help.”

He continued ““Anyone who joins this life-saving register to help a complete stranger is also a real hero in our eyes.”

Fellow sufferer Ally Boyle (himself a former serving firefighter who also requires a successful donor match to be found) was on hand to explain the work of the Anthony Nolan Trust to Barry Smith and the players before Gary posed for photos with the team.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has been working in partnership with the Anthony Nolan Trust since 2009 to recruit potential donors and have recruited 8500 people nationwide to the donor register, identifying twenty six life savers in the process.

Kirkcaldy Fire Station (16 Dunnikier Road, Kirkcaldy KY1 2RU) are hosting an Anthony Nolan Trust Donor day on Sat 16th September to screen for donors, with everyone in the target group (aged 16-30 and in good health) welcome to attend and see if a match can be made.

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