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Young Ed Sheeran fan attends superstar's concert after he supported campaign to save her life




Jasmi and her mum Rena at Ed Sheeran's Wembley Stadium gig on Saturday, June 16
Jasmi and her mum Rena at Ed Sheeran's Wembley Stadium gig on Saturday, June 16

An eight-year-old girl, who received a life-saving transplant thanks to support from Ed Sheeran, has marked a milestone after her idol invited her to his Wembley concert.

Six months on from her blood stem cell transplant, Jasmi Lindberg Cooke, of Bury St Edmunds, went to the gig on Saturday after the superstar and his team arranged tickets.

Last year, the Suffolk singer-songwriter backed the #JoinForJasmi campaign to find a life-saving donor for the youngster, who has battled acute lymphoblastic leukaemia since 2014.

Ed Sheeran supported the #JoinForJasmi campaign.
Ed Sheeran supported the #JoinForJasmi campaign.

The campaign subsequently went global and blood cancer charity DKMS saw a spike in registrations with a matching donor identified just before Jasmi's eighth birthday. She received the transplant late last year and is on the road to recovery.

To be able to attend Ed's concert was a real milestone moment for us - Jasmi's mum Rena

Her mum Rena said: "Since the transplant there's definitely been some bumps along the way.

"It has been touch and go and we still continue to be in and out of hospital but we are praying that things are on the up. To be able to attend Ed's concert was a real milestone moment for us."

They went to the gig with family friend Alice Thomas, who played an instrumental role with the campaign, and Alice's son Fin.

Jasmi and her friend Fin Thomas at Ed Sheeran's Wembley Stadium gig.
Jasmi and her friend Fin Thomas at Ed Sheeran's Wembley Stadium gig.

Jasmi's step-dad Paul said: "The stem cell transplant worked and now it's just a case of the side effects of all the other drugs she's on to keep her on an even keel. Once she starts coming off those then we will have her back really.

"We're thrilled by the support we received from Ed, our family, friends and the whole community - we still get people who've registered with DKMS saying they haven't received a call to say they are a match. It's great to see that they're so keen to be a match for someone in need."

Ed Sheeran at Wembley. Picture: Zak Walters.
Ed Sheeran at Wembley. Picture: Zak Walters.

This weekend Jasmi will see Taylor Swift at Wembley which has been arranged by Paul's friend who works in the music business.

The family hopes that one day they will be able to thank the person who registered and donated.

Paul added: "We'd love to be able to meet this wonderful stranger but we need to take it a day at a time. I don't think there is a morning we don't wake up thinking, 'is Jasmi going to be okay?'. So we need to take it step-by-step and day-by-day."

To register as a blood stem cell donor, visit www.dkms.org.uk/en/register-now



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