MORE than 500 rugby fans signed up to the bone marrow register at a mouth swab event, organised by Marrow For Marley, at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

The event was the latest event organised by the campaign to find a life-saving bone marrow donor for young Marley Nicholls, from Bettws, who suffers from a rare blood condition called aplastic anaemia.

Since the Marrow For Marley campaign was started in the autumn last year, tens of thousands of people have signed up to become donors, but a match for Marley is yet to be found.

And in Cardiff on Saturday, ahead of the Wales vs England rugby match, a team of Marley's teachers and friends manned a stall inside the stadium and appealed for more people to sign up to the register and potentially save someone's life.

Speaking to the South Wales Argus ahead of Saturday's event, Marley's mum Shaney Truman said the family were at a critical point because no donor had yet been found. Since being diagnosed, Marley has undergone multiple blood transfusions.

"We have a few appointments in the next few weeks to make a plan," she said. "Marley is OK – he's recently had more blood and platelet transfusions.

"I'm still not giving up hope but need people to keep registering."

Anyone aged between 17 and 55 can sign up for the DKMS register of donors, and those aged 16-30 can sign up for the Anthony Nolan register.

For more information, visit www.marrowformarley.com or the group's Facebook page.

MARLEY Nicholls' mum has urged rugby fans who are going to today's Six Nations match to sign up for the bone marrow register and potentially save her son's life.

Marley, from Bettws, Newport, has a rare blood condition called aplastic anaemia, and is still searching for a life-saving bone marrow donor despite months of appeals.

Since the Marrow For Marley campaign was started in the autumn last year, tens of thousands of people have signed up to the bone marrow register, but a match is yet to be found.

And the campaign group will hold a swab meet at the Principality Stadium today (Saturday), where Wales play England.

The group is asking anyone who hasn't yet signed up to pop along to the meeting, find out a bit more about Marley's story, and join the bone marrow donors' register by taking a quick-and-simple mouth swab.

Marley's mum, Shaney Truman, said the family were at a critical point because no donor had yet been found. Since being diagnosed, Marley has undergone multiple blood transfusions.

"We have a few appointments in the next few weeks to make a plan," she said. "Marley is OK – he's recently had more blood and platelet transfusions.

"I'm still not giving up hope but need people to keep registering."

Anyone aged between 17 and 55 can sign up for the DKMS register of donors, and those aged 16-30 can sign up for the Anthony Nolan register.

The Marrow For Marley stand will be located in Level 4 of the Principality Stadium, opposite Block M10.

For more information about the Marrow For Marley campaign, visit www.marrowformarley.com or the group's Facebook page.