HERE ARE THE FACTS
Joining the stem cell register
- If you’re aged 16 – 30 and in good health, you can sign up to the Anthony Nolan register (you’ll stay on it until you turn 60).
- Whenever a patient needs a lifesaving stem cell transplant, we search the register, looking for someone who’s a genetic match for that patient. If you’re a match, we’ll be in touch, and we’ll ask you to donate if you’re still healthy and happy to do so.
- 90% of people donate their stem cells via the bloodstream.
- 10% of donors will have their stem cells collected via the bone marrow, while under general anaesthetic.
- If you’re on the register, you need to be happy to donate your stem cells via either method.
If you’re not eligible to join the register, don’t worry – there are plenty of other amazing ways you can support our work and help save lives. You could run a marathon, go skydiving, volunteer with us, or even lobby your local MP on behalf of people with blood cancer and blood disorders in desperate need. Take a look here for more details.
At 17, you can donate blood with NHS Blood and Transplant. You can give blood three times a year, and each donation is enough to help around three people.
>>Visit the NHS Blood and Transplant website to find out more.
Registering as an organ donor means you’re willing for your organs to be given to another person after your death. You can choose which organs you’re willing to donate.
You can register as an organ donor at any age and it’s important to discuss your decision with your family, as they‘ll be asked for permission before any organs are donated.
>>Visit the NHS Blood and Transplant website to find out more