A charity is appealing for young men to sign up to its blood stem cell donor register.
Anthony Nolan is looking to recruit people aged 16 to 30 at its donor recruitment event on Wednesday next week.
The event runs from midday to 2pm at Appleby’s offices, 33-37 Athol Street, Douglas.
Ivan Bratty, chairman of the Anthony Nolan Isle of Man Friends group, said: ‘As this year is the 40th anniversary of the formation of the donor register it would be amazing to start our year off at this clinic by adding at least 40 new people on to the register.’
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 lifesaving transplants.
All new donors are welcome but men aged 16 to 30 are particularly urged to sign up as experience has shown they are the best match.
‘Joining the register is easy and all that is needed is that in the first instance the person is healthy and can provide a small saliva sample,’ he said.
Anyone interested is asked not to drink, chew or smoke within 30 minutes of giving the saliva sample.
The Manx Independent reported in February on father of two Neil Kelly who joined the register last year following a call from cancer patient Ben Doyle, and donated stem cells in October.
He has urged everyone who can to sign up.
It costs about £100 to recruit each person to the register. Send a donation to Ivan Bratty at 25, Keeill Pharick Park, Glen Vine, IM4 4EW.