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Welling six-year-old in need of bone marrow transplant receives backing of Meera Syal

PUBLISHED: 16:57 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:06 23 August 2013

The Siddiqui family l-r: dad Ghazali, Rayaan, Zayna and Shifa

The Siddiqui family l-r: dad Ghazali, Rayaan, Zayna and Shifa

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The plight of a Welling six-year-old, who desperately needs a bone marrow transplant, has received the backing of comedian Meera Syal.

Meera Syal is supporting Rayaan's quest for a bone marrow donor. Pic by David Parry/PAMeera Syal is supporting Rayaan's quest for a bone marrow donor. Pic by David Parry/PA

Rayaan Siddiqui has the rare blood disease hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis and is running out of time to find a matching donor, who must come from the Asian community.

The star of The Kumars at No. 42 said: “I can’t imagine the trauma of watching your child suffer as Rayaan’s family have had to endure.

“Time is running out for this beautiful little boy and the person who could save him is out there somewhere.”

The youngster, who has two older sisters - Zayna. 11, and eight-year-old Shifa - posted a video on Facebook to try and encourage a potential donor to come forward.

His dad Ghazali, who lives with his family in Monmouth Close, said: “It’s great to have the support of someone like Meera.

“Rayaan’s condition has been better over the last few weeks and we’ve managed to sign 2,000 Asians up to the donor register through our work with Delete Blood Cancer, so we’re staying positive.

“It’s been a tough few months but we’re sticking together as a family.”

You can follow Rayaan’s cause on social media - follow Hope4Rayaan on Twitter and like his Facebook page.

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