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I’m supporting the need to recruit more potential donors to join the stem cell register - particularly people from a more diverse range of ethnic backgrounds, as well as young men aged 16-30 - to give patients with blood cancer the best possible chance of life. You can do this online at 


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Celebrating the 1146 potential lifesavers in Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn this Blood Cancer Awareness Month

To mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, I took part in a digital ‘Day of Action’ to celebrate the number of potential stem cell donors in Maryhill and Springburn on the Anthony Nolan register and raise awareness of the urgent need for more donors in light of the challenges to donor recruitment presented by the pandemic.

This day was marked by Anthony Nolan on Wednesday 9 September, as part of its Communities vs Blood Cancer campaign, which shines a spotlight on vital work being done locally to ensure that every patient in need of a stem cell transplant can find a lifesaving donor.

Anthony Nolan’s lifesaving work has been greatly enhanced at a local level by the charity’s eleven-year partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who undertake vital work in schools through the SFRS Education Programme.

In Maryhill and Springburn, 1146 potential stem cell donors are registered with Anthony Nolan. 28% of these donors are men aged 16-30, and the average age is 30

In total, more than 800,000 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.

I encourae more people, 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. While anyone on the register could be a match for someone with blood cancer, men aged 16-30 are most likely to be asked to donate. They provide more than 50% of donations yet make up just 18% of the register. There is also a shortage of donors from non-white and mixed-race backgrounds.

Indeed, I am very proud that we have so many potential doners, any one of whom could offer the only chance of giving someone with blood cancer 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.”

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “In the last year {insert number} selfless Scots from {constituency/region} joined the Anthony Nolan register, each one representing hope for patients with blood cancer, and blood disorders, in need of matching stem cell donors.

“This Blood Cancer Awareness Month residents can be proud of all the lifesavers in your community. To everyone from {constituency/region} who has taken the decision to join the register, thank you. It is vital we recruit more ethnically-diverse, young, male, donors to ensure everyone who needs a transplant can access one. Without you, there is no cure.”

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