Family and friends of a “well-known and outgoing” young woman - who tragically died at just 23 years old from cancer - are encouraging people to sign up to become bone marrow donors.
Tragic Jaskomal Sher-Gill, of Clifton, died at the beginning of this year after she spent two years battling Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Her brother Gurjoban donated his bone marrow in October last year, but tragically Jaskomal caught a fatal infection and died in January.
Following her death, friends and family of the former Dame Alice School pupil, including former councillor and Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Jas Parmar, set up a charity called the Jaskomal Foundation.
This weekend the foundation is holding an event where people can come along and find out more about becoming a donor.
The charity aims to encourage Asian and other ethnic minorities to sign up as bone marrow donors after finding out that only six per cent of Asians are on the Anthony Nolan register.
Jaskomal’s aunt Wendy Mann, who lives in Wixams, said: “They originally thought Jaskomal was suffering with tuberculosis, so she was being treated for that.
“Then in a routine biopsy they found that it was actually Hodgkins.
“It hit the entire family like a rock, we were all devastated but there was still hope for her.
“Luckily her brother was a match so he donated his bone marrow.
“That should have saved her life, we all thought after that she would get better.
“But then she got this infection.”
Wendy, 47, went on to explain that it is hard to find a bone marrow match and just because you are a family member does not mean they would automatically be a match.
An Asian person would need another Asian person to be a match, and the same for other ethnic minorities - but Wendy says there are not enough people on the register.
She added: “Sadly in Jaskomal’s case the donation didn’t work but donating your bone marrow can save people’s lives, it is such an easy process, it’s not that different to giving blood really.
“Jaskomal’s death hit a lot of people very hard.
“She was so outgoing, she would always be the first person to come up and talk to you, she was a very popular girl.”
Its latest campaign is to help save the life of little Gaurav Bains who is suffering with a rare condition called Monosomy 7.
If he doesn’t receive a bone marrow donor the condition will progress into a rare form of leukaemia.
The charity is especially looking for Asian people and ethnic minorities to come forward as donors, but anyone is welcome to come along and sign up.
People between 16 and 30 are invited to come along on Saturday between noon and 6pm and Sunday 10am till 2pm at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Ford End Road to sign up or to find out more about becoming a donor.
To find out more about the charity go to www.jaskomalfoundation.org