About us

We match incredible individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people with blood cancer who desperately need lifesaving transplants.

The charity was established in 1974 by Shirley Nolan, whose three-year-old son Anthony was in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant. Anthony Nolan was born with a rare condition called Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, in which a bone marrow transplant was the only cure. From this, Shirley Nolan set up the first bone marrow register in order to find a match for her son, and to also help others in desperate need.

Since, we have grown the register to over 600,000 potential donors, and helping three people each day to find that lifesaving match.

We also conduct world-class research into stem cell matching and transplants, so we can make sure every person in need gets the best possible treatment.

Our vision:

To save and improve the lives of everyone who needs a stem cell transplant. 

We aim to improve outcomes and the quality of life for our patients, both pre and post transplant. Without the help of our donors and our supporters, we wouldn't have been able to save the many lives that we have.