16 to 30 year olds asked to sign up

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Stuart Donaldson, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine and the charity Anthony Nolan are searching for more local lifesavers to join the Anthony Nolan stem cell donor register and help in the fight against blood cancer.

The charity has revealed that, in West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, there are now more than 1300 selfless people willing to donate their stem cells, or bone marrow, to save the life of a stranger. In total, more than half a million people are currently on the Anthony Nolan register and the average per constituency is 905.

Now, Stuart Donaldson MP is encouraging more 16 to 30-year-olds to sign up, noting that it is particularly important that young men and people from ethnic minorities join the register as they are currently under-represented.

Anthony Nolan wants to give people the very best chance of life by finding the best possible match for them. But the charity can currently only find a perfect match for 60 per cent of transplant recipients, so they still urgently need more people to come forward.

Speaking today Stuart Donaldson said: “I am delighted that 1343 people in West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine are registered on the Anthony Nolan stem cell register.

“It is fantastic to see that there are so many heroic and selfless people in the constituency.

“I hope that more local people will also now be inspired to sign up and to become potential lifesavers for people in desperate need.”

To join the Anthony Nolan register you must be 16-30 and in good health.

It involves filling out a simple online form and spitting into a tube.

To find out how you can help, go to www.anthonynolan.org/communitiesvscancer.