Trekking through Mongolia
by Rob Smith
Ony Bright, who is 43, has lived in
Sheffield over 15 years and as well as being a radio presenter
is a Non-Executive Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
In July this year Ony will begin trekking in
Mongolia. “I’ll be taking part in a charity trek
which will mean riding on horseback.” Inside the Kingdom
of Genghis Khan the charity trek will travel for eight days
through the Gorkhi–Terelj National Park.
This trek has been organised by the Anthony
Nolan Trust whose role is to maintain a national register
of potential bone marrow donors. Explains Ony, “Although
a national register they do get requests for bone marrow donors
from all over the world.”
All proceeds from the charity trek will be distributed
between four different charities. These will be the Anthony
Nolan Trust, Aplastic Anaemia Trust, Bluebell Woods Children’s
Hospice and the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.
“Bluebell Woods has been commissioned
and will be built for children in need of respite care here
in South Yorkshire and the North Midlands,” Ony adds
reflecting sadly on how she lost her eldest daughter, Phaedra,
nine years ago. Phaedra died at the age of six having suffered
from Aplastic Anaemia – a disease of the bone marrow.
“Proceeds from the trek
will be distributed to the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust
who work to raise the number of donors belonging to African
and Caribbean origin. It is due to the low numbers of black
donors that those themselves in need of bone marrow transplants
are three to four times less likely to find one.”
Not only raising more awareness around these
issues, Ony Bright is hoping to raise five thousand pounds
to distribute between these charities, in order to help them
continue in the work they do.
“I’m reaching out
to the people of this community I love dearly, to support
me in my quest to raise this money that will help others
less fortunate than ourselves.”
To donate money online visit www.justgiving.com/ony1/
(or 2, 3 or 4 – one page for each charity).
Ony Bright also presents a Global Sound World
Music show that goes out on BBC Radio Sheffield on Friday
evenings between 7pm and 10pm.