A Barnsley MP has called on young people in his constituency to register as life-saving organ donors – after figures showed the area had few signed up.
Barnsley East had the 18th fewest donors of all 650 constituencies in the country with just 289 donors aged between 16 and 30.
MP Michael Dugher has written to the Secretary of State for Health about the Anthony Nolan Trust’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ campaign, which aims to better support those who have had bone marrow transplants.
A report by the trust showed after-care for patients was ‘shockingly’ hard to obtain.
Mr Dugher said: “The work the Anthony Nolan Trust carry out is vital in the fight against blood cancer and it is important that people support it.
“That is why I am calling on brave 16 to 30 year olds in Barnsley East to do something special and join the bone marrow transplant register and help us climb the donor leaderboard.
“The ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ campaign aims to help improve the quality of life of those who have had bone marrow transplants.
“I am happy to support the trust and have raised their campaign with the Secretary of State.”