Every young person in the UK receives a letter containing their National Insurance number just before their sixteenth birthday.
In September 2014 Anthony Nolan asked the government to include information about the bone marrow register within that letter.
Research has shown that donations of bone marrow and stem cells from young people have the best chance of success for patients with blood cancer. Our small idea could therefore make a big difference.
The Save A Life At 16 campaign brought together supporters from across the country:
• Over 9,000 people signed our petition asking the government to adopt our proposal
• Over 100 MPs backed our plan
• The campaign was featured national newspapers including the Daily Mirror and the Independent.
Unfortunately, even with this fantastic level of support, the government did not agree to adopt our proposal.
However, that’s not the end of the story. Even though the campaign has come to an end, we’re still talking to government about the different ways we can educate more young people about stem cell donation.
How you can help
One of the ways young people can learn about joining the stem cell register is by participating in the Register and Be A Lifesaver (R&Be) programme.
You can Act Now by contacting your MP and asking them to support R&Be in your constituency.
MPs supporting our #SaveaLifeat16 campaign: