Football fans who missed the semi-finals of England’s Euro 2020 due to donating stem cells will be in Wembley The final after he got free tickets.
Sam Astley, a buyer near Cradley Heath Birmingham, Have the opportunity to go with Denmark On Wednesday night, his girlfriend Beth Hill won two tickets in an online competition.
However, the 24-year-old planned to donate potentially life-saving stem cells and decided to stick to an appointment instead of participating in a competition.
Ms. Hill said: “He was admitted to the hospital yesterday before surgery this morning.
“He was like’I won’t go (football), I can’t postpone the donation, this is a chance for other people’s lives’.”
Once his story began to go viral online, a campaign was launched on social media to ensure that his selflessness was rewarded with tickets to the finals.
On Thursday, event sponsor Vivo stepped in to confirm that they will provide tickets to Mr. Astley and Ms. Hill so they can see United Kingdom On Sunday they will face Italy in their first Grand Slam final since 1966.
The company wrote in a statement: “We saw on social media earlier today that Sam missed the opportunity to compete in England and Denmark after matching someone in need. Anthony Nolan Stem cells are registered and agreed to make life-saving donations to patients suffering from blood cancer or blood diseases.
“As the official sponsor of Euro 2020, we would like to thank him for his selfless life-saving donation, so we arranged Sam and his girlfriend as guests of vivo to participate in the final England-Italy match at Wembley this Sunday.
“We hope they both enjoy this experience.”
A few weeks ago, the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan contacted Manchester United supporter Astley and told him he was a match.
But according to Ms. Hill, an intensive care nurse, he did not even consider participating in the competition. She said she was “very proud” of Mr. Astley’s behavior.
“It’s so selfless,” she said.
“What he said to me was just’you save lives at work every day’ and’you always do this’ and’you are better than me’.
“I’m like’No Sam at all, what you gave and sacrificed for someone you don’t even know is awesome’.
“I’m so proud of him, I can’t wait to meet him on Saturday and actually see him.”
Ms. Hill is a supporter of West Brom. She was also unable to participate in Wednesday’s game because she was kept in isolation until a colleague tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.
In the end, tickets were given to her two brothers, but she and her partner should now be able to participate in the finals.
Vivo’s proposal was made after online supporters (including representatives of Gary Lineker and the Blood Cancer Charity) called for someone to step in.
Ms. Hill said she felt that Mr. Astley “all he did was worth it.”
“He is just the cutest person ever,” she said.
“He will do anything for anyone.”
For more detailed information on becoming a stem cell donor, please visit anthonynolan.org