Donating IN THE United Kingdom
This is where the magic happens
All it takes is 10 minutes and a big heart

No matter where you live, your country’s national registry is linked to the international database. So even if you donate in the UK, you could save someone’s life in, say, France.

Becoming a stem cell donor IN THE United Kingdom is completely free

  • Be between 16 and 30 years old
  • Understand that you’ll remain on the registry until your 60th birthday
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) lower than 40
  • Weigh over 50 kg or 110 lbs.
  • Be in good health
  • Complete a cheek swab test
  • Be willing to give to anyone, anywhere, at anytime

Simple cheek swab with a kit provided via mail by Anthony Nolan.


Step 1 —

Sign up

Go to your local stem cell donor registry website. Answer a few questions. Go do something else.

Step 2 —

Share your dna

Check your mailbox for your swabbing kit, then simply swab your cheek and return the sample for free. Or, pick up that phone when they call to schedule your blood sample. Whatever the method your donor bank uses, once your DNA is in, you’ll be registered in an international donor database.

Step 3 —

It's a match!

Being a match means you’re the only one who can save your fellow human. Now begins the exciting process of donating your stem cells to your special match. The doctors will do a few routine tests to determine your compatibility and your general health.

Step 4 —


You can choose between two ways to give :

a) Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donation (most common)
This involves over-stimulating your stem cell production for a few days with the help of medicine, then drawing your blood through one arm. The blood is filtered by a machine that separates the new stem cells from the rest. The remaining blood is returned through the other arm. You lose nothing.

b) Bone Marrow Donation
This surgical procedure involves drawing liquid marrow your hip bone. Anesthesia is always used for this procedure, so you won’t feel a thing. This procedure is preferred when patients are cute, tiny children. So hop into that sexy hospital gown.

Step 5 —

Save someone's life

About 24 to 36 hours after your donation, someone you’ve probably never met will get your healthy cells. They’ll get a second chance at life, and you can be proud for the rest of yours.