Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart showed her support for the Anthony Nolan ‘Register and Be A Lifesaver’ (R&Be) education programme at an information session for MPs in Parliament this week. The event was an opportunity for MPs to meet with R&Be volunteers who deliver inspiring
presentations to 16-18 year old students about the importance of bone marrow, blood, and organ donation.
Register and Be a Lifesaver has reached over 127,000 students since it was established in 2009. Over 6,700 young people have joined the Anthony Nolan bone marrow donor register as a result, and so far eight people recruited through R&Be have donated lifesaving stem cells.
The R&Be programme works in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant to recruit to the blood and organ donor registers. Since 2009, 8,409 young people who heard R&Be talks have joined the blood donor register and 3,038 have signed up as organ donors.
Fiona Mactaggart MP said she would be keen to support R&Be’s growth in future. She said: ‘It is wonderful to hear that such a programme exists to dispel the myths about donation and inspire young people to join the bone marrow, blood and organ donation registers. I’m looking forward to working with the R&Be team to show young people in Slough how they can save a life.
‘South Asians are about half as likely to find a match, so I particularly encourage constituents with South Asian heritage to register.’
Katie Day, R&Be Programme Lead added, ‘It is fantastic to have Fiona Mactaggart’s support for our education programme. As a local advocate, she can help us access more schools and reach more young people, which will ultimately help save more lives. We’re looking forward to working with her to help us reach more students both in her constituency, but also to see R&Be become part of every young person’s education.’