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Celebrating one year of cord donation at Saint Mary’s Hospital

The Anthony Nolan Cord Donation Programme at Saint Mary's Hospital celebrated its 1st Anniversary on 12th May.

Anthony Nolan's cord blood programme is a pioneering initiative to save more lives.  They collect donated umbilical cords at 4 hospitals in the UK, Saint Mary's Hospital being one of them.

Since the Cord Donation Programme was started in May 2014, the collection team have carried out 1,642 collections. Around 50% of those collections came from black or minority ethnic groups, who have less chance of finding an adult donor through the register.

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The blood in the baby's placenta and cord is rich in stem cells.  These can be used in stem cell transplants to vive the chance of life to people with blood cancer or blood disorders - but usually they're just thrown away after the birth. Anthony Nolan aim to collect 15,000 cord blood units as part of the programme.