CHARITY Anthony Nolan is looking for young men to sign up to its donor register.
And there will be a donor recruitment event on September 21 at the Crowe Morgan offices, at 6-8 St George’s Street, Douglas, where people can find out more.
Anthony Nolan has launched an urgent appeal to get 10,000 men aged 18 to 30 on its blood stem cell donor register before the autumn.
The recruitment clinic on September 21 will run from 10am until 4pm.
Ivan Bratty, chairman of the Anthony Nolan Isle of Man Friends Group, said: ‘This is the first of a series of recruitment clinics we hope to hold over the next few months as we are aware that a young Manx resident is in need of a donor and we are hoping that young Manx men will rise to this challenge.’
He added: ‘We are also looking for more businesses to offer us the use of their premises for further recruitment clinics.’
Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer by matching them to people willing to donate their stem cells for lifesaving transplants.
Men aged between 18 and 30 are particularly urged to sign up as they are more likely to be asked to donate. About 80 per cent of donations are given by men, but just 12 per cent of the charity’s register is made up of potential donors from the ideal age range.
Rebecca Sedgwick, national recruitment manager at Anthony Nolan, said: ‘People think donating stem cells is difficult or painful, but it’s a lot like giving blood.
‘Our donors are proud of the part played in potentially saving someone’s life and by signing up, you could help save the life of one of 1,600 people in the UK who desperately need a transplant.’
To join the register, you must be aged between 18 and 40, weigh over eight stone and be in general good health. At the event, you’ll be asked for some medical information and a small saliva sample.
If you aren’t able to attend, register online at www.anthonynolan.org/spit or visit www.anthonynolan.org/get10 to join our GET10K campaign and find 10 young men to join the register.
For more information about Anthony Nolan, visit www.anthonynolan.org or call 0303 303 0303.