Join the army of 1106 local bone marrow donors.
Anthony Nolan has recruited Stockton South superheroes to save lives.
The charity Anthony Nolan is searching for more local heroes in Stockton South to join their bone marrow register in the fight against blood cancer.
The charity has revealed that, in Stockton South, there are now more than 1106 selfless people willing to donate their stem cells, or bone marrow, to save the life of a stranger. More than 540,000 people are currently on the Anthony Nolan register and the average per constituency is 819.
Anthony Nolan, now in its 40th anniversary year, was the world’s first bone marrow register. The blood cancer charity has been saving lives for four decades by matching remarkable people willing to donate their bone marrow or stem cells to patients in desperate need of a transplant. Two thirds of UK patients will not find a matching donor from within their families; instead they turn to Anthony Nolan to find them an unrelated donor. Anthony Nolan wants to give people the very best chance of life by finding the best possible match for them. But the charity can currently only find a perfect match for 60 per cent of transplant recipients, so they still urgently need more people to come forward.
I am delighted that 1106 people in Stockton South are registered on the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register. These young people, aged from 16 to 30 are doing something very special by offering a chance of life to others.
I am asking Stockton Borough Council and our Youth Parliament representatives to encourage our local sixth forms and colleges to take up this challenge and help to recruit more potential lifesavers for people in desperate need.
Ann O’Leary, Head of Register Development at Anthony Nolan, said: ‘We are delighted that so many people have signed up as potential donors in Stockton South. Donating is an incredibly selfless thing to do and will give someone with blood cancer the best possible chance of survival. What many people don’t realise is that it is also surprisingly simple.’
To join the Anthony Nolan register you must be 16-30 and in good health. It involves filling out a simple online form and spitting into a tube. About 90% of people who are asked to donate will do so through a process similar to giving blood.
The charity needs heroes of all ages to champion the register at a local level and help us spread the word – from schools, communities and workplaces to your own friends and family. Be a hero - find out how you can help by going to www.anthonynolan.org/superhero