England fan discovers he ‘saved a life’ after giving up his Euro 2020 ticket

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A man who gave up prize tickets to watch England play in the sensational semi-final win at Wembley to donate bone marrow has now found out that he saved a stranger's life.

Sam Astley, 24 from Dudley in the West Midlands was delighted when he discovered his girlfriend Beth Hill, 25 had won a pair of tickets for the national team's momentous fixture against Denmark at Wembley back in July.

The match ended up in a nail-biting 2-1 victory for England, and has been described as one of the Three Lions' most exciting in living memory.

But several days before the big game Sam learnt that he was a donor match for a patient who required a stem cell and bone marrow transplant — and was shocked to find a date for an operation had been scheduled for the same day.

He received huge praise from famous figures like Gary Lineker after his announcement that he had volunteered himself for donation and would miss the one-in-a-lifetime game went viral.

The football fan said at the time: "Life is more important than a football game at the end of the day”

"No football game beats saving someone's life."

And now at the end of the year Sam has found out that his selfless act has truly saved someone's life, with his recipient having reached the crucial 100-day survival milestone according to the Metro.

He called the news "really positive" and has encouraged others to step forward, saying the only ill-effect he suffered from the procedure was an aching back for several days.

Henny Braund MBE, chief executive of blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, has now celebrated how he brought attention to the cause, saying:

“In sharing his donation experience, 1,500 people were inspired to apply to join the Anthony Nolan register.

"To put it simply, this equals 1,500 more chances for patients hoping for a second chance of life – but there is more to do.”

In the latest appeal for donors men aged 16 to 30 are being asked to consider joining the register, as they are most likely to be chosen.

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