Keele Students Help Cure Blood Cancer

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Posted on 10 May 2013

Students at Keele University are holding an event to help cure blood cancer by recruiting more people onto the bone marrow register. The event will be held on Wednesday 15 May from 1pm at K2 in Keele Students’ Union.

Adrian Craig, President of student volunteer group Keele Marrow, said, ‘We urgently need to recruit more people onto the bone marrow register – there are 1,600 people in the UK waiting for someone to give them a lifesaving transplant. We’re looking for young men in particular to come along to find out more about the process.’

Keele Marrow recruit healthy students on to the bone marrow register for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan. Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer, such as leukaemia, by matching them to people willing to donate their bone marrow, or blood stem cells, for a lifesaving transplants.

Keele University student Kirstie Russell, who joined the register last year, added, ‘It was so easy to join the register – all I had to do was fill in a form and give a saliva sample. Even the donation process is much more straightforward than I thought – in most cases, it’s similar to giving blood.  It’s amazing to know that I could save someone’s life one day.’

Charlotte Connolly, Regional Recruitment Manager at Anthony Nolan, said, ‘It’s amazing what Keele students are achieving. Their efforts are invaluable for our work in delivering lifesaving transplants for people with blood cancer.’

To join the register, you must be aged between 16 and 30. All students are welcome to join the register, but we especially encourage young men as well as students from ethnic minority backgrounds as they are under-represented on the register.

If you’re not able to attend on the day, you can find out more about Keele Marrow at or follow us on Twitter @KeeleMarrow. You can join the register online at or by calling 0303 303 0303.


Please contact Adrian Craig for more details on 07414199969 or email

Notes to Editor

Keele Marrow

• Keele Marrow is a student volunteering group which supports the work of Anthony Nolan • This year we have recruited nearly 200 potential donors to the bone marrow register and are aiming to reach £2000 as a fundraising total for the year making this our most successful year ever • Keele Marrow is one of the most active groups within Keele University Students’ Union.

The charity

• Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. Every day, we use our register to match remarkable donors willing to donate their bone marrow (or stem cells) to people they have never met who desperately need lifesaving transplants. • Please note that ‘Anthony Nolan’ has dropped the word ‘Trust’ from its name.

The need for donors

• Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer; that’s 70 people every day. • There are nearly 1,600 people in the UK in need of a bone marrow, or blood stem cell, transplant.  This is usually their last chance of survival. • 70% of patients will not find a matching donor from within their families; instead they turn to us to find them an unrelated donor. • We provide three potentially lifesaving transplants every day, but for every patient we help, there is another who sadly we can’t because no match can be found.

The Anthony Nolan register

• There are currently over 465,000 people on the Anthony Nolan register. • It costs £100 to recruit each new donor to the register, so we also need to raise vital funds to continue our lifesaving work. • We particularly need young men aged 16-30 to join the register, as they are the most likely to be chosen as donors. • We also urgently need people from Black, Asian and other Ethnic Minority backgrounds to join the register; the best match is likely to come from someone in the same ethnic group as the person needing a transplant and we have a shortage of potential donors from ethnic minorities on the register. • 90% of donations take place via PBSC (peripheral blood stem cell collection).  This is an outpatient appointment and is similar to donating blood. • To join the register, you must be aged between 16 and 30, weigh more than 8 stone (51kg) and be in general good health. For more information on the donating process, or to apply to join the register, visit or call 0303 303 0303.