LISTEN: Jack's emotional rollercoaster

Saint Michael's Hospice - Jack Watkins

2:15pm 15th March 2017
(Updated 9:14am 16th March 2017)

A Ripon man's life-threatening illness has inspired him to help others.

21-year-old Jack Watkins was rushed into hospital on New Year's Eve in 2015 and then diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disease.

Aplastic anaemia is a serious disorder where the bone marrow fails to produce enough blood cells.

Around 100 to 150 people are diagnosed in the UK each year.

After making an astonishing recovery, Jack decided to join the volunteer visitor service at Saint Michael's Hospice in Harrogate.

It provides companionship and support to people who may be feeling isolated due to their illness or condition.

Jack has been telling Stray FM about his treatment and rewarding role as a volunteer:

Find out more about supporting Saint Michael's Hospice at www.saintmichaelshospice.org or by calling 01423 879687.

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