More than 1,000 Leeds students donate to Anthony Nolan stem cell register

SUPPORT: More than 1,000 students donated to the stem cell register this year.
SUPPORT: More than 1,000 students donated to the stem cell register this year.
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Blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan is saying thank you to students from Leeds Marrow, who recruited over a thousand people to the stem cell register this academic year.

The University of Leeds is one of over 50 universities with a ‘Marrow’ society, the name given to blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan’s network of student volunteer groups.

Marrow societies have been recruiting students to the Anthony Nolan register since 1998 and this year a remarkable total of 1,257 students contributed in Leeds alone.

In the past 20 years, Marrow groups have recruited over 100,000 potential donors and over 1,000 of these have since gone on to donate.

Mengfei Lu, President of Leeds Marrow, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure working with Leeds Marrow this year.

“We have ran over 25 events this year across University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University, recruiting over 1,200 potential lifesavers onto the stem cell donor register.

“I am extremely proud of our committee members and volunteers.” Charlotte Cunliffe, Marrow Programme Lead at Anthony Nolan, said: “Leeds Marrow really are the unsung heroes helping Anthony Nolan give hope to patients with blood cancer and, as the numbers show, it’s been an amazing, lifesaving year.

“Every day, at least five 
people start their search for a matching unrelated stem cell donor.

“The tireless efforts of all of our selfless student volunteers, helping to grow our register and raise vital funds to make our work possible, mean that more people in urgent need are given a second chance of life.”

To find out more, visit anthonynolan.org/marrow.