Members of the Scottish Parliament have backed a joint campaign by the National Association of Round Tables Great Britain & Ireland (Round Table) and Anthony Nolan to recruit more donors amongst young men.
Liam Kerr MSP for North East Scotland, brought the motion to Holyrood to highlight the longstanding partnership between the two organisations and its latest campaign – 30 years on from ‘The Great Campaign’ which saw Round Table’s efforts secure more than 100,000 bone marrow donors in six weeks for the blood cancer charity.
Round Table and Anthony Nolan are marking the anniversary with this latest campaign, which is targeting men aged 16-30 to sign up as they provide more than half of all life-saving donations yet make up just 15 per cent of the people on the current register.
Kerr, who is a member of Aberdeen Round Table, was keen to lend his support to the campaign by bringing it to the Scottish Parliament and to highlight the work being done by both organisations to save lives.
“I was delighted to table a motion at the Scottish Parliament to highlight the excellent work by Round Table and the Anthony Nolan,” he said.
“Young people in particular may not realise how easy it is to do their bit and donate to help those with blood cancer or blood disorders. It can make a tremendous difference and really can save lives.
“This is exactly the sort of reason why I joined Round Table all those years ago and I cannot encourage people enough to get involved with both organisations.”
David Barley, Round Table chief executive, added: “We are very grateful to Liam Kerr for raising awareness of this campaign and to the members of the Scottish Parliament for supporting our efforts to recruit young men to the Anthony Nolan donor register.
“We urge all young men to #DoMore and to join us in this campaign. It is a simple process that could result in saving a life.”
You can join the register by going to anthonynolan.roundtable.co.uk
Exact details of the motion and list of MSP that support it can be found on the link to the Scottish Parliament website