MP Mike Weir urges constituents to join Anthony Nolan marrow register

Mike Weir MP backing the Anthony Nolan charity.
Mike Weir MP backing the Anthony Nolan charity.

Local MP Mike Weir is championing the Anthony Nolan charity in their search for more Angus local heroes to join their bone marrow register in the fight against blood cancer.

The charity revealed that there are more than 589 people in Angus willing to donate their bone marrow or stem cells to save the life of a stranger.

More than 525,000 people are currently on the Anthony Nolan register and it is around 796 per constituency on average.

People are sharing their ‘superhero selfies’ to show their support for the charity and Mike Weir has joined in the act.

Mr Weir said: “I have 589 heroes on the register here in Angus but the challenge continues. The more people who sign up the greater the chance of finding a match. It is something truly heroic to give a stranger a second chance at life. This is why I’m proud to champion this cause to my constituents.”

Anthony Nolan, now in its 40th anniversary year, was the world’s first bone marrow register.

The blood cancer charity has been saving lives for four decades by matching remarkable people willing to donate their bone marrow to patients in desperate need of a transplant.

Two thirds of UK patients will not find a matching donor from within their families; instead they turn to Anthony Nolan to find them an unrelated donor.

But the charity can currently only find a match for around half of those who to come to them in desperate need, and they still urgently need more people to come forward.

Ann O’Leary, Head of Register Development at Anthony Nolan, said: “We are delighted that Mike has been inspired to encourage others to sign up as donors. Donating is an incredibly selfless thing to do and will give someone with blood cancer their best chance at survival. What many people don’t realise is that it is also surprisingly simple.”

For more information on how to get involved, please visit www.anthonynolan.org/superhero.