EAST Staffordshire has fewer people signed up to the bone marrow donor register than all of its surrounding areas, according to new statistics.
The figures released by Anthony Nolan, a UK blood cancer charity, show there are currently 508 people from the area on the register, compared to more than 600 in the mid-Derby area.
This leaves Uttoxeter currently ranked 515th out of 650 areas in the UK for donors.
This figure is compared to Finchley and Golders Green which had the most donor ‘heroes’ at 2,680.
Bone marrow transplants are used to help patients suffering from lymphoma, anaemia and leukaemia.
Ann O’Leary, head of register development at Anthony Nolan, said: “Two-thirds of patients will not find a matching donor from within their families and instead they turn to Anthony Nolan to find them an unrelated donor.
“Donating stem cells to save the life of a stranger is a remarkably selfless act.
“We urgently need to recruit donors from all over the UK so we can give people with blood cancer the best possible hope of a cure.”
People aged 16 to 30 can join the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register just by filling in an online form and providing a saliva sample.
East Staffordshire resident Katherine Sinfield, 33, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia last April and received a transplant to cure her of the condition at the end of October.
Her husband, Steve, said: “It’s very worrying that only one in three people actually find a matching donor. Thankfully Anthony Nolan found a match in Germany and Katherine is now seven months post-transplant and is in remission. However, we were both quite shocked with these Anthony Nolan figures as we expected Uttoxeter to be much higher up.”