Anthony Nolan

The UK's blood cancer charity and bone marrow register helps saves lives and it all starts with spit or a little bit of blood. ABC Selfstore in Camden had a super (hero) day raising funds for this great cause by dressing up as their heroes and baking lots of yummy cakes.

Who are the Anthony Nolan Charity?

Anthony Nolan uses its register to match potential bone marrow donors to blood cancer patients in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.

They need more men aged 16–30 to sign up as they are underrepresented on the register. Young men make up only 15% of our register but are far more likely to be chosen to donate by transplant centres and provide nearly half of all donations.

Young people are also most likely to be chosen to donate as they are less likely to have long­term health problems which might delay or prevent donation.

They urgently need people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to sign up, as they’re underrepresented on our register.

About Anthony Nolan

  • Anthony Nolan was born in 1971 with a rare blood disorder called Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. The only cure was a bone marrow transplant. None of Anthony’s family was a match and back then there was no system to find an unrelated donor.
  • In 1974, Anthony Nolan’s mother, Shirley, set up the world’s first bone marrow register to match donors with people who desperately need a transplant. Since then, we’ve made more than 13,000 transplants happen.
  • Sadly, the register couldn’t help Anthony Nolan, who died aged eight in 1979.
  • Anthony Nolan carry out world­class research into stem cell matching and transplants to improve outcomes for all patients.
  • In 2008, they set up our state­of­the­art Cell Therapy Centre for banking umbilical cord blood and conducting groundbreaking research.
  • Anthony Nolan are a UK charity with international reach. They work with hospitals and donor registries around the world to find matching donors for patients, wherever they are.

Key Statistics

  • Every 20 minutes someone in the UK finds out they have a blood cancer.
  • Around 2,000 people in the UK in need of a bone marrow transplant every
  • Two thirds of UK patients won’t find a matching donor in their families. So they turn to us to find them an unrelated donor.
  • Every day, Anthony Nolan help three people in need of a lifesaving transplant by using our register to find donors who have matching tissue types.
  • Anthony Nolan have helped find a match for over 1,200 people with blood cancer and other blood disorders last year.
  • Last year Anthony Nolan searched for donors for over 300 children who could not find a match within their family.
  • Currently, only 60% of patients can find the best possible match from a stranger, and this drops dramatically to 20.5% if you're a patient from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background.By building and diversifying our register we will be able provide the best match to even more people with blood cancer.
  • 90% of donations take place via peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection. This is a procedure similar to giving blood. It takes around 5 hours, and is a simple outpatients procedure.
  • Once you are on the register you have a 1 in 1,200 chance of being asked to donate. But your chance of being chosen to donate depends on your age and sex. A young man aged 16­30 has a 1/300 chance of being chosen to donate.
  • To join the register, you must be aged between 16 and 30, weigh more than 7st 12lbs (50kgs) and be in general good health.

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