Bill Wiggin MP showed his support for the Anthony Nolan ‘Register and Be A Lifesaver’ (R&Be) education programme at an information session for MPs in Parliament this week.

During the event on Tuesday 29 April Bill Wiggin MP for North Herefordshire met with R&Be volunteers who deliver inspiring presentations to 16-18 year old students about the importance of bone marrow, blood, and organ donation.

R&Be previously worked in just five regions of England. But in February this year, the programme began a gradual expansion which will see it ultimately work country-wide.

Bill Wiggin MP 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 North Herefordshire how they can save a life.”

Bill speaks with R&Be volunteer Kim Baines at the Parliamentary event
Bill spoke with R&Be volunteer Kim Baines at the Parliamentary event

Katie Day, R&Be Programme Lead said: “It is fantastic to have Mr Wiggin’s support for our education programme. As a local advocate, he can help us access more schools and reach more young people.

“We’re looking forward to working with Mr Wiggin to help us reach more students both in his constituency, but also to see R&Be become part of every young person’s education.”

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.