Residents in Glasgow Kelvin have been praised by blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan on the number of people in their community who are registered as stem cell donors.
To mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Sandra White MSP has revealed that Glasgow Kelvin is ranked number 1 in Scotland for having the most stem cell donors on the register as well as number 1 for the largest amount of donors added in the past 12 months and number 1 for the highest amount of young donors.
Sandra White collected a certificate on behalf of Glasgow Kelvin from the charity at a reception in the Scottish Parliament.
This achievement is being celebrated by Anthony Nolan as part of its Communities vs Blood Cancer campaign – which shines a spotlight on the vital work being done at a local level to ensure every patient in need of a stem cell transplant can find a lifesaving donor.
In Glasgow Kelvin 3089 potential stem cell donors are registered with Anthony Nolan. 40% of these donors are male, and the average age is 28.
In total, more than 700,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.
Now, Sandra White is encouraging more people from Glasgow Kelvin, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant. While anyone on the register could be a match for someone with blood cancer, men aged 16-30 are most likely to be asked to donate. They provide more than 50% of donations yet make up just 16% of the register. There is also a shortage of donors from non-white and mixed-race backgrounds.
Commenting Sandra White said: “I was extremely proud and humbled to receive not one but three certificates on behalf of the 3089 donors across Glasgow Kelvin. These people have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.
“I hope that more people from our community will be inspired to sign up and show that together, we can provide a cure for blood cancer.”
For more information about the Community vs Blood Cancer campaign visit www.anthonynolan.org/communities