Celebrating the 957 potential lifesavers in North East Bedfordshire

Alistair Burt has joined with Anthony Nolan to thank the 957people in North East Bedfordshirewho have registered with the charity as stem cell donors.

The figure places the constituency in the top half of the UK (290out of 650) in terms of the number of potential lifesavers registered in the area. 39per cent of the community’s registered donors are male, and the average age is 37.Young men aged 16-30 are the most likely to be asked to donate to give someone with blood cancer or a blood disorder a second chance at life.

The figures come from Anthony Nolan’s Communities versus Blood Cancer campaign, which celebrates the people who have already registered as donors and raises awareness of the shortage of donors that still exists. Young men and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds are under-represented on the register, making it difficult to find a match for everyone in need.

In total, 645,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.

Now, Alistair Burt is encouraging more people from NE Bedfordshire,particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant.

Alistair said: “After visiting the Anthony Nolan stand at Conservative Party Conference, I was very pleased to learn that NE Bedfordshirehas 957people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.

“Having been on the register myself, I strongly hope that more people from NE Bedfordshirewill be inspired to sign up and show that together, our communities can provide a cure for blood cancer.”

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “We’re grateful to all the registered donors in NE Bedfordshirefor helping us in our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.

“Anthony Nolan’s pioneering research, dedicated nurses and patient-focused services mean we have increased the support patients receive at every stage of their transplant journey – but without the contribution of selfless donors, our vital work would be impossible.”


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