Tuesday, 10 June 2014

ANTHONY NOLAN – How many stem cell donors do you have in your constituency?

From: Rebecca Gladstone
To: JONES, Graham
Subject: ANTHONY NOLAN – How many stem cell donors do you have in your constituency?

Dear Mr Jones,

Here at Anthony Nolan we are calling on our MPs to become superheroes. How? By helping us to find more 16-30 year olds to join our register of heroic individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to blood cancer patients desperately in need of a lifesaving transplant.

And every superhero needs a cape. We hope you've found the one we posted to you on Monday.

According to our new online donor map, you currently have 840 lifesaving heroes on our register in your constituency. Not bad, but not super.

We need your help to get that number up. And there are many ways you can be a superhero by lending our charity a hand:

Help us to recruit more diverse donors
White Europeans currently have a much higher chance finding a perfectly-matched donor than patients from ethnic minorities. This is because a patient's genetic match is more likely to come from the same ethnic background as them. We are constantly striving to address this, and diversify our register, so that every patient has best chance of a lifesaving transplant.

If you have an established relationship with local youth, faith or community groups (particularly African-Caribbean) with a substantial proportion of 16-30 year olds involved, you can help by putting us in touch with them. We are also keen to be put in touch with local community, youth and faith leaders who may be happy to work with us.

Support our R&Be education programme
Anthony Nolan's Register & Be A Lifesaver (R&Be) programme works with NHS Blood and Transplant to inform 16-18 year olds in schools and sixth colleges about the importance of joining the bone marrow, blood and organ donor registers. Would you be happy to contact sixth forms and colleges in your constituency, encouraging them to get in contact with the R&Be team to arrange a talk with their students?

Tell your community about our work
We need you to spread the word about our bone marrow donor register and encourage 16-30 year olds in your constituency to sign up as potential lifesavers. We have put together a suggested press release (attached) for you to send out to local and regional press. You can also show your support and promote our register on social media.

Help us organise local donor recruitment events
You can help us to organise donor recruitment events in your constituency by putting us in touch with big groups and organisations that work with a large number of young people (for example: universities, army barracks or local companies with a large workforce aged 16-30).

If you think you can help us in any of the above areas then we would love to hear from you. Please contact the Anthony Nolan Policy and Public Affairs team at either campaigns@anthonynolan.org for on 020 7424 6570.

Many thanks in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Rebecca

Rebecca Gladstone 
Policy and Public Affairs Officer
d  020 7284 8299  |  t  0303 303 0303 | Rebecca.Gladstone@anthonynolan.org  |  www.anthonynolan.org

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