Derek Twigg MP is calling for young men in Halton to do something special this
Summer. Derek has joined other politicians in pledging to recruit at least ten men each between the ages to 18 and 30 to join the Anthony Nolan stem cell register.
Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. Every day, they use their register to match remarkable donors willing to donate their blood stem cells to people who desperately need potentially lifesaving transplants.
However, there is a shortage of young male donors on the bone marrow register.
Men aged 18-30 account for 80% of donations, but make up just 19% of the register.
Presently, Anthony Nolan can only find a matching donor for half the people who come to them in desperate need of a lifesaving transplant so this summer they are aiming to recruit 10,000 more young men to the register.
Derek plans to write to youth groups, colleges and other community groups as well as raising this with young people he meets around the constituency over the summer.
Derek said, “I am delighted to be supporting this excellent campaign. It is vital we get as many young men signed up to the register as possible. There are 1600 people in the UK in need of this potentially lifesaving stem cell transplant. It is not often we get a chance to directly save a life and that’s why I’m encouraging all men aged 18 to 30 to join up to this campaign.”
Anthony Nolan has provided every MP with a unique code to give to constituents so the charity can track how many young men MPs have recruited. Young men interested in the chance to save someone’s life should go to mp.anthonynolan.org and enter the code MYE3.