David Hanson MP has backed a campaign by Anthony Nolan to get people across Flintshire to join the bone marrow registry in the fight against blood cancer.
The charity has revealed today that, in Mr Hanson’s constituency of Delyn there are more than 520 people willing to donate a small amount of bone marrow to save the life of a stranger. More than 525,000 people are currently on the Anthony Nolan register and the average per constituency is 796.
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 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. But the charity can currently only find a match for around half of those who to come to them in desperate need, and they still urgently need more people to come forward.
Local MP, David Hanson has joined the fight against blood cancer by supporting and champion the register in Flintshire community and by signing up for donation himself.
David Hanson MP said:
‘It’s great news that over 520 people here in Delyn want to help in the fight against blood cancer but the challenge continues to end this terrible disease. I sincerely hope people from across Flintshire can join me and register as a donor to help make a difference against this disease.”
Ann O’Leary, Head of Register Development at Anthony Nolan, says: ‘We are delighted that Mr Hanson has been inspired to encourage others to sign up as donors. Donating is an incredibly selfless thing to do and will give someone with blood cancer their best chance at 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 a simple sample of saliva.
The charity needs people of all ages to champion the register at a local level and help us spread the word – from schools, communities and workplaces to your friends and family. To find out more visit www.anthonynolan.org/superhero