A bone marrow donor recruitment clinic is being set up by accountants and business advisers Baker Tilly to help save a life.
The Birmingham business is hoping other businesses will follow their lead and set up similar clinics.
The firm’s own clinic, run by the Anthony Nolan Trust national bone marrow register, is being held in March after the wife of a Baker Tilly partner was diagnosed with the rare bone marrow disease MDS.
Baker Tilly’s Birmingham office managing partner Simon Hart explained: "MDS is a genetic blood disorder where the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy white blood cells to help the body fight infection. A bone marrow transplant is the only option for MDS sufferers to prevent leukaemia."
He continued: "We have been the Anthony Nolan Trust’s auditors for several years and we know that they do an excellent job, but they need more donors. There are more than 7,000 people awaiting a transplant in the UK.
"We hope that we can do our bit to help and we urge other local businesses to do the same and hold their own clinics, helping to sign as many potential donors as possible."
The Anthony Nolan Trust is seeking donors aged between 18 and 40, in good health and weighing more than eight stone. They must not be severely overweight and must be willing to donate stem cells to any patient they may match.
For information, contact Lynsey Dickson at the Anthony Nolan Trust on 07971 627951 or email firstname.lastname@example.org