Celebrating the 711 potential lifesavers in Alyn and Deeside this Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Residents in Alyn and Deeside have been praised by blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan for the people in their community who are registered as stem cell donors.

To mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Mark Tami MP has revealed that Alyn and Deeside is in the top 5 in Wales for having the most stem cell donors on the register. This achievement is being celebrated by Anthony Nolan as part of its Communities vs Blood Cancer campaign – which shines a spotlight on the vital work being done at a local level to ensure every patient in need of a stem cell transplant can find a lifesaving donor.

In Alyn and Deeside, 711 potential stem cell donors are registered with Anthony Nolan. 34% of these donors are male, and the average age is also 34.

As chair of the APPG on Stem Cell Transplants, Mark Tami MP is hosting a reception with Anthony Nolan in Westminster on Wednesday 12 September where they intend to launch the Communities vs Blood Cancer campaign. Mr Tami will also collect a certificate from the charity on behalf of the constituency for its efforts at the reception.

In total, more than 700,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.

Now, Mark Tami is encouraging more people from Alyn and Deeside, particularly men aged 16-30, and also people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant. While anyone on the register could be a match for someone with blood cancer, men aged 16-30 are most likely to be asked to donate. They provide more than 50% of donations yet make up just 16% of the register. There is also a shortage of donors from non-white and mixed-race backgrounds.

Mark Tami MP said: “I am very proud that Alyn and Deeside has 711 people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. I have done a lot to raise awareness on this particular issue ever since my son was saved by a stem cell donation.

“I am incredibly passionate about this and I can’t stress how important it is to keep growing the stem cell register. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.

“711 is good but I’m confident we can get a lot more. I hope that more people from our community will be inspired to sign up and show that together, we can provide a cure for blood cancer.”

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “Since 1974 thousands of caring, selfless people have joined the Anthony Nolan register and thousands of lives have been saved as a result.

This Blood Cancer Awareness Month residents can be proud of all the lifesavers in your community. It’s wonderful to have the support of {constituency name} in achieving our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.”

For more information about the Community vs Blood Cancer campaign visit www.anthonynolan.org/communities

Anthony Nolan uses its register to match potential stem cell donors to blood cancer patients in desperate need of a stem cell transplant. It also carries out vital research to make stem cell transplants more successful, and supports patients through their transplant journeys.