The House

Parliament to host stem cell drop-in

- By Tali Fraser

The blood cancer and disorder charity Anthony Nolan is holding a parliament­ary drop-in as part of its drive to recruit stem cell donors. The annual Communitie­s vs Blood Cancer event will be held on 26 October from 1pm to 4pm in Terrace Dining Room B. It is sponsored by Conservati­ve MP Mark Tami, chair of the APPG on Stem Cell Transplant­ation and Advanced Cellular Therapies, whose son had a bone marrow transplant.

The occasion will allow MPs, peers, staff and officials to sign up to the stem cell register via a single cheek swab. MPs will also be able to pick up a toolkit to help organise a donor recruitmen­t event in their constituen­cy.

Around 2,000 people a year in the UK need a stem cell donor to save their lives. Anthony Nolan aims to recruit more people from ethnic minorities, as they have significan­tly less chance of finding a matching stem cell from an unrelated donor, and more young men aged 16 to 30, as their donations provide a better chance of patient survival.

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