Every 14 minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer such as leukaemia. For many, a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant is their only chance.
They need cells from a healthy person – with the same tissue type – to replace and repair their own damaged cells.
About 30% of people in need can find a suitable donor in their family. But the other 70% rely on a stranger to save their lives.
Anthony Nolan helps that 70% find those precious matches.
We have over 700,000 adults on our register; we're constantly working to increase that number. Every time someone comes to us in need of a transplant, we check our register for a match. We helped over 1,300 people in 2016-17.
Aged 16-30? Find out more about joining our register.
Another, newer source of lifesaving stem cells is the blood from umbilical cords and placentas. Our cord blood bank, set up in 2008, collects cord blood after births (with zero risk to mothers and babies) at four hospitals in London, Manchester and Leicester. We store the blood and check to see if it is a match for anyone in need.
Find out more about donating cord blood.
Find out what else you can do to support Anthony Nolan’s lifesaving work.