THE Anthony Nolan charity is searching for more heroes in Pendle to join their bone marrow register in the fight against blood cancer.

Championed by Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, this search is under way as the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register has been mapped across the UK by area for the first time.

In Pendle, there are more than 1,500 residents willing to donate their stem cells, or bone marrow, to save the life of a stranger.

Anthony Nolan, now in its 40th anniversary year, was the world’s first bone marrow register.

Mr Stephenson said: “I am delighted that Pendle has one of the highest number of heroes on the register out of anywhere in Britain, but we could get even more.

“I’m hunting for more people to sign up today, so we can fight blood cancer together. It is something truly heroic to give a stranger a second chance at life. That is why I’m proud of the huge number of Pendle residents already signed up and proud to champion this cause.”

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