MP calls for bone marrow champions

By Ian Dipple Wednesday 18 June 2014 Updated: 19/06 14:58

REDDITCH residents have been urged to join the bone marrow register to help the fight against blood cancer.

Anthony Nolan and Redditch MP Karen Lumley have joined forces for the appeal. For the first time the charity has mapped the bone marrow register across the UK by local area.

In Redditch there are more than 562 people willing to donate their stem cells or bone marrow to save the life of a stranger.

However it is well below the average of 796 per Parliamentary constituency and is ranked 467th out of 650.

Two thirds of UK patients in need of a transplant will not find a matching donor from their family. Anthony Nolan helps them find an unrelated donor but can currently only match half of all requests.

Mrs Lumley said: "I want to see many more of my constituents join this fight. I’m hunting for more crusaders to sign up today, so we can fight blood cancer together. It is something truly heroic to give a stranger a second chance at life. This is why I’m proud to champion this cause to my constituents."

Ann O’Leary, head of register development at Anthony Nolan, added: "Donating is an incredibly selfless thing to do and will give someone with blood cancer their best chance at survival."

Anyone aged 16 to 30 and in good health can join the bone marrow register. It involves filling out a simple online form and spitting into a tube.

Visit www.anthonynolan.org/superhero for more information.

Share This

Popular »

1 Pub to make way for new homes

2 Hefty fine for flasher driver

3 Personal details for sale on 'dark web'

4 Petition against grave rules

5 Town set to welcome star names

More news »

Body found in Wythall car park

A MAN'S body was found inside a van

Controversial former councillor is not standing again

A FORMER councillor who resigned under pressure about

Flag raised in honour of Britain's Armed Forces

A SPECIAL flag has been raised above Redditch

Drug smuggler suspect has links to Redditch

POLICE are hunting a suspected drug smuggler who

Regional news »


Bromsgrove Standard
Phones 4u jobs in Bromsgrove and Northfield saved

TEN JOBS at the two Phones 4u stores in Bromsgrove ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
Shipston man escapes jail after unprovoked attack

A SHIPSTON man forced his way into a flat before ...

Evesham Observer
'No' vote welcomed by MPs

THE DECISION by Scottish voters to reject independence has been ...