MEN Comment: Join Jason Manford in donating to Anthony Nolan donor scheme

Posted: January 12, 2015 at 9:46 am

Proud new dad Jason Manford has shared his baby joy over the weekend after welcoming his fifth child into the world.

But the birth has also given the comic and his girlfriend Lucy the opportunity to save a life.

The couple decided to take the unusual step of donating the umbilical cord and placenta to the Anthony Nolan Trust after meeting its team at St Marys Hospital.

The charity helps people with blood cancers matching them with donors if they need a stem cell, bone marrow or cord blood transplant.

It runs an umbilical cord and placenta collection programme in eight hospitals across the country, including St Marys.

Specialists collect the umbilical cord and placenta from donors after the birth and, instead of throwing them away, extract blood from them.

Stem cells in cord blood are adaptable which makes finding matches for donors easier and, as they are stored in a bank, they are available straight away.

Its a fantastic scheme and Jason has done a great service by raising awareness of it. Wed encourage any expecting parents to follow in his footsteps and find out more.

To find out more, go to their website.

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