Stem cell register boost

Leeds Marrow volunteers with their 2000th sign up of the year.
Leeds Marrow volunteers with their 2000th sign up of the year.
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Students are celebrating the end of the academic year having recruited 2,117 students to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register since September.

The University of Leeds is one of more than 50 universities with its own ‘Marrow’ society - blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan’s network of student volunteer groups.

Since September Leeds Marrow has also raised £6,909.54 for the charity through events at the university.

Volunteers for Leeds Marrow have set up fundraising events to generate money for Anthony Nolan, from creating bake sales to running half marathons and participating in skydives.

Grace Lowe, Leeds Marrow president, said: “Leeds Marrow have had an amazing year by gaining more than four times the number of committed volunteers than the previous year and having doubled our total sign ups, reaching over 2,000 people, which is a huge accomplishment.”

For some people, receiving stem cells from a stranger is their only chance at life.

Since 1997 Marrow groups have recruited more than 100,000 potential donors, and more than 900 of these people have gone on to donate.

Young people are the most likely to be chosen to donate their stem cells as they are less likely to have long-term health problems which might delay or prevent donation.

Charlotte Cunliffe, Marrow programme lead at Anthony Nolan, said: “It’s hard to put into words just how amazing our Marrow volunteers are - they are responsible for saving the lives of countless people, and they are truly the unsung heroes helping to cure blood cancer and blood disorders.”

People can find out more about Marrow at