“Cricketers know the value of working together and doing what’s best for the team. It’s the same mentality when you join the Anthony Nolan register – when you sign up to be a potential donor, you’re signing up to help save someone else’s life.
"Young men aged 16 to 30 are the most likely to be chosen as donors, so I’d urge all young cricketers and their male friends to sign up and be part of the Anthony Nolan team.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones has supported Anthony Nolan since his son Luca was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010. Although Luca received a bone marrow transplant through Anthony Nolan later that year, he sadly passed away in November 2011.
Alongside his partner Dani Lawrence, Brad has helped raise vital funds and awareness for Anthony Nolan.
“Everyone recognises the importance of Anthony Nolan’s work. If you’re selected to be somebody’s donor, most of the time it’s like giving blood. We need to spread that word especially, because it’s so easy to help save somebody’s life.
"If I was a match for someone I’d drop everything to do it, because you’re giving someone the chance of life.”
Dani Lawrence and her partner Brad Jones have supported Anthony Nolan since Brad’s son Luca was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010.
Although Luca received a bone marrow transplant through Anthony Nolan later that year, he sadly passed away in November 2011.
Whether it’s organising fundraising balls or running the London Marathon, Dani has raised thousands of pounds for Anthony Nolan, and she has also helped raise awareness of the need for more bone marrow donors.
“Brad and I want to raise awareness and encourage more people to sign up to be donors – we’re both registered.
"Being a donor doesn’t involve a massive operation – it’s a process similar to giving blood.
"You stay in hospital overnight and you’re out the next day. That’s all it takes to give another person the gift of life.”
TV presenter Joe joined the Anthony Nolan register in April 2011, when he reported to the nation on the story of three year old Ella Paul meeting her donor, Julie Healy, for the BBC's The One Show.
“I'm really keen to support Anthony Nolan. My dad needed a stem cell transplant many years ago so I understand what a difference the charity can make.
"Most people probably won’t think about how they can help, as I didn’t, until a blood cancer touches their lives. Yet I truly believe it’s worth thinking about now.
"And that’s not just because it could be you relying on finding a donor for a lifesaving transplant one day.
"It's also because there are very few opportunities in our busy, hectic lives when you can do something so quick, so simple, so straightforward and yet make the ultimate difference for another person.
"For me it’s that simple and that’s why I decided to join the register.” Joe is running the Virgin Money London Marathon for Anthony Nolan in April 2014.
Actress Kellie Shirley, who starred in 'One Man Two Guvnors', has supported Anthony Nolan since she ran the London Marathon for the charity in 2007.
"I ran the London Marathon for the brilliant Anthony Nolan charity several years ago and it was an amazing personal experience.
"In fact, I've gone on to complete several further races and have joined the team for the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon.
"Anthony Nolan do such great work to support people with blood cancer, and fund research to find answers and options for patients.
"I am particularly passionate about their R&Be programme, educating young people about the importance of donation. I'm thrilled to be a celebrity supporter and look forward to continuing my work with Anthony Nolan in the future."
Radio DJ Mark Goodier has raised a staggering £23,500 for us over the years by taking part in the Great North Run.
“The reason I have run the Great North Run the last few years for Anthony Nolan is because it’s a charity that does lifesaving work.
"Every 20 minutes somebody is diagnosed with blood cancer and I know that Anthony Nolan has given such huge support to those diagnosed and their families.
"I feel good in the knowledge that supporting the charity will make a difference and help save lives.”
“I feel so proud when I think about stepping out onto the cricket pitch, ready to represent our country. But knowing that you’ve helped save someone’s life simply by donating your bone marrow? That would feel absolutely incredible.
"And what’s even better is that everyone can do it, whether you’ve got an eye for the ball or not. I want every young person aged 16-30 to be part of something amazing – the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register.”