Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has backed a national campaign to help the fight against blood cancer.
The Anthony Nolan ‘Communities vs Blood Cancer’ initiative is appealing for more people to join the register of stem cell donors.
The drive aims to identify people from a more diverse range of backgrounds, and particularly young men aged 16-30.
Every year in the UK, 2,000 blood cancer patients need a stem cell donor to save their life. However, this year, there have so far been nearly 19,000 fewer people signing up than in 2019.
Mr Duguid said:
“I am more than happy to support this campaign.
“The figures from Anthony Nolan show that thousands of patients need a stem cell donor each year – but too often there is not one available.
“Joining the register can genuinely save a life.
“The charity is looking for a wide range of people from different backgrounds to come forward – but they are appealing for young men in particular.
“I would urge anyone who has thought about this before to sign up.
“It could make all the difference to a blood cancer patient, offering a second chance at life.”