It all began in 1974. With her three-year-old son Anthony in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant, Shirley Nolan set up the world’s first register to match donors with people in desperate need.
Now, we help three people each day find that lifesaving match.
Donate your stem cells
What does joining the register involve?
If you’re between 16 – 30 and in good health, you can sign up to the Anthony Nolan register (you’ll stay on it until you turn 60). We’ll send you a spit kit in the post so that you can give us a quick saliva sample. If you’re over 30, you can find out about the UK’s other registries and alternative ways to help here.Whenever a patient with blood cancer or a blood disorder needs a lifesaving stem cell transplant, we search the register, looking for someone who’s a genetic match for that patient.If you’re a match, we’ll be in touch, and we’ll ask you to donate if you’re still healthy and happy to do so.
Working in partnership with ACLT
Here at Anthony Nolan, we’re working in partnership with ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) to save the lives of black people with blood cancer, many of whom are desperately in need of a lifesaving stem cell transplant. But we can’t do it without your help. Currently only 20% of black people who need a transplant will find their best possible donor match due to a lack of people on the stem cell register.
‘Black people are dying – not because their donor isn’t out there, but because that person never joined the register.’ (Ann O’Leary, Head of Register Development at Anthony Nolan.)
The good news is you have the power to change this statistic. If you’re aged 16-30 you can sign up to our donor register by just providing a small saliva sample. If you’re over 30 there are still so many things you can do to help. Fundraising, inspiring action in the community and donating money are just some of the valuable ways to aid our lifesaving cause. African Caribbean donor Paul Francis from Romford joined the register in 2003 at an ACLT recruitment event. Last year he got the call to say he was a match for someone in desperate need of a transplant. Paul donated his stem cells and his nurse said hat in seven years, he was the first black person she’d seen donate. Paul reflects, ‘We cannot blame anyone but ourselves for this statistic. What are we afraid of? It is so simple to do.’ The more awareness we raise within the community and the more people that join the register, the more people we can save. It’s that simple.