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A charity which recruits potential blood stem cell donors is asking for more Portsmouth residents to register to become a potential lifesaver.

Currently only 8,709 people from the Portsmouth area are registered as donors with Delete Blood Cancer UK, but many more are being sought to help find matches for the thousands of blood cancer patients needing a blood stem cell donation every year.

For many blood cancer patients, a blood stem cell donation is their only chance of survival and they will die if a matching donor isn’t found for them.

Caroline Portlock, head of donor recruitment at the charity, said: ‘Registering online as a potential blood stem cell donor only takes a few minutes but it could lead to you giving decades to someone else. Please take the time to do it as it could be one of the most important things you ever do.’

Register online and request a cheek swab kit that will enable you to do your own tissue test. Go to deletebloodcancer.org.uk.