Students at Huddersfield New College have signed up to be potential lifesavers as part of a campaign to educate young people about blood, organ, and stem cell donation.
36 students joined the Anthony Nolan stem cell donor register at an event in college on March 10, following a week of educational talks. Anthony Nolan uses its register to match potential donors to blood cancer patients in desperate need of a lifesaving stem cell transplant.
The college has hosted presentations from Anthony Nolan’s education programme Register & Be A Lifesaver (R&Be) since 2009. R&Be is the legacy of Adrian Sudbury, a journalist who worked at the Huddersfield Examiner.
Before his death from leukaemia in 2008, Adrian campaigned for 16-18 year olds to be educated about donation. R&Be was founded in 2009 as a result and has now educated more than 200,000 young people. More than 19,000 have registered as potential stem cell donors, over 12,000 as blood donors and more than 6,000 as potential organ donors.
During the time Huddersfield New College has supported the charity, 3,526 students have been educated about lifesaving donation and 418 have registered as potential stem cell donors. If they are found to be a match, they could go on to save the life of a blood cancer patient.
Emily Bolton, Progress Tutor and Health Promotion Champion at Huddersfield New College, said: “The team from Anthony Nolan gave our students an amazing insight in to stem cell donations and motivated them to sign up to save a life.”
Katie Day, Register & Be A Lifesaver Programme Lead at Anthony Nolan, said: “Huddersfield New College have supported R&Be fantastically well since day one. There are lots of myths about donation and we aim to dispel those and encourage more people to join the donor register.
"We’re really grateful to the schools and colleges, like Huddersfield New College, who give us the opportunity to do that.”
To find out more about the education programme and stem cell donation, please visit www.anthonynolan.org.