MACKEM reality TV star Charlotte Crosby has given her backing to a poorly boy who needs a life-saving operation.
Charlotte, who appears in popular MTV programme Geordie Shore, says she has signed up with the Anthony Nolan Trust after reading about nine-month-old Joey Ziadi.
Joey, of Northampton, has a rare blood disorder, diamond black-fan anaemia, which affects just one in nine million people.
The tot needs a transplant, but a matching donor has not yet been found.
Now, Charlotte, from Biddick Woods, has tweeted a photo on her Twitter account with an Anthony Nolan “spit kit”, which helps people to leave a DNA sample and go onto the bone marrow register.
She said: “I saw the gorgeous Joey Ziadi in the news and I couldn’t believe it when I heard how ill he was and that only one in nine million people have his condition – I felt like crying.
“I knew I had to do something, but I didn’t know how to help.
“When I found out how simple it was to sign up to the Anthony Nolan register, I didn’t have to think about it.”
Anthony Nolan matches people willing to donate their bone marrow or blood stems cells to those in dire need of a transplant.
The organisation also says it needs more young men to sign up, as they are most likely to be chosen as donors. However, they make up just 14 per cent of the register.
“I was quite shocked that young lads are so underrepresented on the register, though,” added Charlotte, who won last year’s Celebrity Big Brother.
“Come on lads, just sign up and spit into a tube.
“I’m doing it, and I just hope one day I have the chance to save a life.”
People aged 16 to 30 who are in good health can join the register by going to www.anthonynolan.org.