Jul 6 2012 by Jennifer Buchanan, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
HUNDREDS of people descended on Troon last weekend to help a tot in need.
Ailsa Croll from Dundonald was diagnosed with aplastic anaemea earlier this year and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.
And thanks to a special event held in St Meddans Church, more than 500 people have signed up to the stem cell register.
Of the hundreds who turned up to support two-year-old Ailsa on Saturday, June 30, 318 signed up on the day.
And 200 more have joined the register online.
Family friend, Brian Anderson, volunteered with his family on the day and runs the Ailsa’s Appeal facebook site which has amassed over 1600 fans.
He said: “The whole day was a real family affair.
“Even Ailsa managed to come along for an hour, she was the centre of attention and was loving it.
“Everyone was really glad to meet her.
“We would like to say thank you to everyone who supported us and to all the volunteers who gave up their time to help.”
Ailsa is still waiting for a match to be found and is away for more treatment this week.
So it is still vital that as many people as possible sign the Anthony Nolan register, which holds all the bone marrow donors.
To sign up or to find out more about the process visit www.anthonynolan.org.
The follow Ailsa’s progress you can find her page on facebook by searching Ailsa’s Appeal.