Three happy lads stood side by side wearing the League of Lifesavers football shirt cheering like winners with the Anthony Nolan emblem in the background

Join the League of Lifesavers

One match can change everything. And the more squad members we have, the more lives we can save.

Lifesaving is a team sport

From Arsenal to York City, everyone has a football team that they are loyal to. But what if we were united with a common goal in mind for once – a goal to save more lives.​ 

It shouldn’t matter who you support or where you come from, what matters is that all patients with blood cancer or a blood disorder should be able to find another chance to live. 

For someone with blood cancer, a stem cell donation could be their only chance of survival. But you can’t just receive stem cells from any donor – they need to be a good genetic match. So your stem cells could save a life. Yours and only yours. You could be someone’s only chance to live. You could be their one in a million. 

Join 1 Million United. Because one match can change everything. The Anthony Nolan stem cell register already has 900,000 willing donors on the team. But we need more people, and from more backgrounds, so every patient that needs us has the best chance of finding a matching donor.   

The younger the donor the more likely we are to find a match and the more effective treatment can be. Young males actually provide 50% of all stem cell donations, and yet only make up 18% of the register. They are potential game changers. 

Our goal is to save lives and our squad needs you.  

Squad up, sign up, save lives.

90 minutes on the pitch. 10 minutes to save a life.

Here are the facts 

You can join online! You’ll get a pack in the post for you to do your cheek swabs and send back. We’ll test your samples and add your information to the stem cell register. 

If you get asked to donate, we’ll organise the whole thing. We support you at every stage and arrange everything, from travel to accommodation. We've got it all covered. 

You’ll stay on the register until you’re the grand age of 61. If you ever come up as a match for someone with blood cancer, we’ll be in touch. 

There are two ways you might be asked to donate: 

90% of people donate via their bloodstream in a straightforward process, called peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection. Joe, who donated via PBSC, said ‘I was hooked onto the machine for around 4/5 hours so it’s pretty boring! Afterwards I felt pretty tired as you would expect, but felt really good that I had done something good for someone.’ 

10% have their stem cells collected via their bone marrow while under general anaesthetic. After Donna’s donation, she said ‘Bone marrow donating done! I can honestly say it has been an amazing and surprisingly pain-free experience (I am a wimp!). Knowing I’ve given someone a second chance at life is such a fantastic feeling.’ 

What do the squad say? 

If you look at the number of football fans who regularly stand up for what’s right, we can come together to make a difference. I joined the League of Lifesavers because I learned that Anthony Nolan needs more people like me to join up so that the charity can make more matches and increase people's, likelihood of survival. 

 Brentford supporter, football fan, stem cell donor 

Brentford supporter, football fan, stem cell donor
Omar, Brentford Fan and on the League of Lifesavers

Anyone can enjoy football no matter their gender, ethnicity or nationality. I think that's such a great thing – if we can make the stem cell register as diverse as the footballing community the more lifesaving matches could be made. You could sign up to the Anthony Nolan register and save the life of another fan at the end of the day.