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Life’s a bit, uh, weird at the moment, isn’t it? Despite these strange and challenging times, at least five people with blood cancer still begin the search for a matching stem cell donor every day. And to keep providing them with the very best donors, we need your help.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a drop in people registering as a potential stem cell donor and Anthony Nolan need to recruit more potential lifesavers to their register. 

If you’re aged 16-30 and in good health, you can apply to be a lifesaver today. Joining is simple. To take the first step, click the button below and fill in an application form. 

Marrow means a lot of things to a lot of people. But for a quarter of patients, it means the donor that gave them a second chance at life and  we’re not going to let a global pandemic get in our way. 


  • You can join online! You'll get a pack in the post for you to do a cheek swab and send back. We'll test your sample and add your information to the stem cell register.
  • 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.
  • We'll organise the whole thing. We support you at every stage of your donation and arrange everything, from travel to accommodation. We've got it all covered.
  • 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.'


Marrow sounds brilliant, right? Fancy getting involved in their lifesaving work? Volunteer with your uni’s incredible Marrow group and you could be a part of giving people with blood cancer a second chance of life.


1 in 4 people who go on to donate their stem cells were recruited by Marrow. That’s an incredible stat. And these Marrowers have heroic and personal stories to tell:


This animation takes you through a lifesaving journey - from getting the call if you come up as a genetic match for someone in need of a transplant, to the step by step process of donating your stem cells through your bloodstream or bone marrow.