Ryanair exclusively sponsors anna.aero in London Marathon with €5,000 for Anthony Nolan bone marrow transplants

Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, presents the over-sized €5,000 cheque for Anthony Nolan to a thrilled anna.aero Publisher, Paul Hogan: “Ryanair’s generosity will pay for 50 donors to join the Anthony Nolan register used in bone marrow transplants worldwide – although of course we’ll have to charge Ryanair an extra €20 for this method of payment.” (The lovely flight attendants are Agata and Emanuela from Ryanair’s London Stansted base.)

The nicer Ryanair just became even nicer by sponsoring the anna.aero Publisher, Paul Hogan, in his annual entry in April’s Virgin London Marathon with an exclusive €5,000 sponsorship package. All proceeds of the run go to the Anthony Nolan bone marrow transplant charity which arranged two transplants for the publisher’s daughter, Brontë. Tragically “Bron” passed away in 2011, aged 12, after a brave five-year struggle with leukaemia, since when Paul and “TeamBron” have raised over €250,000 for cancer charities, most recently completing the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC (sponsored by Icelandair for the George Washington Cancer Institute), while last September’s Airbus-sponsored anna.aero-Budapest Airport Runway Run raised a further €13,000 for Anthony Nolan.

Anthony Nolan is the latest in a series of charities to receive on-going support from Ryanair’s “Fly to Win” scratchcards.Ryanair’s scratchcards are very popular with passengers who can win prizes of cash, luxury cars, or scoop a cool €1 million – all for a stake of just €2, which funds numerous charity donations across Europe.

“We’re once again really pleased to be able to include Anthony Nolan in the range of very good causes Ryanair supports across Europe. The London Marathon has upwards of 36,000 competitors but Hogan should be easy to spot – he’ll be wearing his exclusive Ryanair sponsorship shirt and he’s bound to be somewhere near the back” said a supportive Jacobs who also runs marathons, but not as fast as Hogan.

STOP PRESS: Hard to believe but true: Bron’s 22 year-old cousin, by terrible coincidence also a leukaemia sufferer, received news as we were writing this story that a bone transplant donor had been found. Makes it all worthwhile.


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