Mark Tami MP Supports Lifesaving Education Programme

Anthony Nolan

Alyn & Deeside MP Mark Tami showed his support for the Anthony Nolan ‘Register and Be A Lifesaver’ (R&Be) education programme at an information session for MPs in Parliament this week. The event was an opportunity for MPs to meet with R&Be volunteers who deliver inspiring presentations to 16-18 year old students about the importance of bone marrow, blood, and organ donation.

Register and Be a Lifesaver has reached over 100,000 students since it was established in 2009. 4,622 young people have joined the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register as a result, and so far three people recruited through R&Be have donated lifesaving stem cells.

The R&Be programme also works in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant to recruit to the blood and organ donor registers. 7,415 have joined the blood donor register and 2,396 have signed up as organ donors.

Mark Tami MP said, ‘There are many myths that exist about donation and it is excellent this programme has been created to dispel them and inspire young people to join the blood, bone marrow and organ donation registers. I know from personal experience the importance of the bone marrow register and I look forward to working with the R&Be team to show young people how they can save a life.’

Katie Day, R&Be Programme Supervisor added, ‘It is fantastic to have Mark Tami’s support for our education programme. As a local advocate, Mark can help us reach more young people, which will ultimately help save more lives. We’re looking forward to working with Mark to help us reach more students both in his constituency, but also to see R&Be become part of every young person’s education.’