Queen guitarist Brian May has closed the BRITISH BONE MARROW DONOR APPEAL, after backing the fund for 15 years.

The charity is now redundant, as its purpose - maintaining a register of bone marrow donors for leukaemia victims - has been taken over by the UK's NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE.

May insists the popular charity, which donated $1.8 million (GBP1 million) to blood services nationwide on Tuesday (07JUN05), should be proud of their valuable work over the years.

The wild-haired rocker has been a vociferous supporter of the fund since a leukaemia patient asked for Queen hit WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER to be played at her funeral.

May was also inspired to re-record the emotional song to raise cash for the appeal.

09/06/2005 17:46