Barnsley MP Michael Dugher has written to secondary schools in his constituency urging them to teach pupils about bone marrow donors.
Mr Dugher, who is a registered potential bone marrow donor, wants head teachers to book a talk with the Anthony Nolan Trust’s ‘Register and Become a Lifesaver’ team, which works with schools.
In his Barnsley East constituency there are currently 331 registered bone marrow donors and out of all 650 constituencies in the country, Barnsley East is ranked 630th for the number on the register.
Mr Dugher said: “Barnsley East has very few bone marrow donors.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for secondary schools in Barnsley to help inform their students about the fantastic work of the Anthony Nolan Trust and help young people understand how they can help to beat cancer and save lives.
“The impact of this programme cannot be overstated. Since it was established in 2009, the ‘Register and Be a Lifesaver’ team has reached over 133,000 students in over 570 different schools and colleges.
“Volunteering to be a lifesaving match for a stranger is a remarkable thing to do.”