CAROLINE SUPPORTS BLOOD CANCER CHARITY’S SEARCH FOR STEM CELL DONORS THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

Local MP Caroline Dinenage supports Delete Blood Cancer UK’s recruitment of potential blood stem cell donors this Valentine’s Day.

While many people will be looking for a romantic match for Valentine’s Day, the donor recruitment charity says that around 1,800 people in the UK with blood cancer are searching for someone with a matching tissue type who could help save their life by donating some of their blood stem cells to them.

For many blood cancer patients, a blood stem cell donation from another person is their only chance of survival. A matching donor not being found doesn’t mean that there is nobody with a tissue type compatible with the patient. There could be someone with a tissue type that matches the patient’s, but tragically, they may not be registered as a potential blood stem donor.

You can register in five minutes online and request a cheek swab kit which will enable you to do your own tissue test to become a potential blood stem cell donor: www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk.

Emphasising how important it is for local people to register, Caroline said:

“For people suffering from blood cancer, stem cell transplants are an increasingly important treatment to manage their disease and improve survival rates. However, I know that some people with this terrible disease can really struggle to find a match. Therefore, I support Delete Blood Cancer UK’s efforts to encourage more local people to become blood donors.

“Registering online as a potential blood stem cell donor only takes a few minutes, but it could lead to you giving decades to someone else.”

Jenny Clegg, Head of Communications a Delete Blood Cancer UK, said:

“There are currently 8821 people in Portsmouth & Isle of Wight that are registered as potential blood stem cell donors with Delete Blood Cancer UK. Please take a few minutes this Valentine’s Day to register to see if you could be someone’s lifesaving match.”