A MAIL campaign to help boost the number of potential bone marrow donors in Burton and South Derbyshire has seen a rise in the number of people signing up.
The National Blood Service Donor scheme and the Anthony Nolan Trust has seen a spike in people coming forward after reading the tale of Katherine Sinfield.
The 33-year-old teacher, who is married to Mail journalist and Ashbourne News Telegraph editor Stephen, is in need of a bone marrow transplant to save her life as part of her battle with leukaemia.
Her story has been publicised by the Mail and her calls for more people to come forward have started to be answered,
Both services have seen a 15 per cent increase in the number of people who have decided to sign up an interest in potentially signing up to be a donor.
However, they are still searching for more people to step up and are, in particular, searching for male donors.
Henny Braund, Anthony Nolan’s chief executive, said: “It’s a simple case of supply and demand.
“We know that transplant doctors are increasingly choosing male donors to treat blood cancer patients so we need to ensure that we’re providing clinicians with the donors they need.
“Failure to meet this demand could have very serious implications for blood cancer patients across the country.”
Anthony Nolan uses its register to match potential bone marrow donors to blood cancer patients in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.
The charity revealed that every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer.
There are around 1,800 people in the UK in need of a transplant.
People can see if they are a potential bone marrow donor by either giving a saliva sample to the Anthony Nolan Trust or a blood sample to the NHS British Bone Marrow Registry.
More information is available by calling the National Blood Service Donor helpline on 0300 123 2323 or anyone aged 16 to 30 can sign up online by visiting www.anthonynolan.org filling in a short application form and providing a saliva sample.