I showed my support for the Anthony Nolan Trust, this week, in raising awareness for Stem Cell Transplantation. The All Party Parliamentary Group joined together to celebrate the number of potential lifesavers who have signed up to the UK’s stem cell donor registry to help fight against blood cancer.
The charity has revealed that in the last year, over 133,000 people signed up to the UK’s stem cell donor registry to become potential donors. Whilst donors are on the rise, with just under 10,000 people registered in Wales alone, there is always more work to do. The more people that are on the register, the more lives can be saved.
I am is encouraging more people to join the register. With 2,000 people in the UK who still need a match each year, there is still a huge need for donors
I am delighted that donors for the UK’s stem cell registry are on the rise. It is a worthy cause and the donors of Wales should be proud of themselves. There is always a need for more donors with 2,000 people still waiting for a donation in the UK.
Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is told they have a blood cancer such as leukaemia. For many, a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant is their only chance. The Anthony Nolan Trust for many is there only hope and I hope people have it in their hearts to sign up.
It’s a lifesaving charity and a great cause. I hope that more young people will also now be inspired to sign up and to become potential lifesavers.