Sharon Berger is 61, Jewish and has myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a malfunction of the bone marrow in producing blood cells. Her only hope of survival is a blood stem cell transplant. What can you possibly do to help?

Just spit.

We analyse the spit, and that tells us your tissue type – this information is then kept on the Anthony Nolan register. A Jewish person seeking a donor is more likely to

find a match from someone else who is also Jewish. If your tissue type matches that of Sharon or someone else with a blood cancer, you could save their life by donating stem cells (as with giving blood, they replenish themselves).

Giving a spit sample takes just a few seconds, but could mean you can give someone decades of life. Be a lifesaver. If you’re healthy and aged 16-30, please attend one of the recruitment drives below (please don’t eat or drink for 30 minutes beforehand). For those aged 31-49, please call 0208 342 8880 for information on where you can be tested.

Thursday 28 February 12pm-7.30pm
ASDA, Princess Road, Manchester M15 5AS

Sunday 3 March 10am-12.30pm

Finchley Synagogue, Kinloss Gardens, London N3 3DU

Sunday 3 March 3-6pm

GE Centre, Wilbraham Shul, Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield M14 6JS

Campus screenings also in Birmingham, Cambridge, Nottingham, Leeds and London. 

For further details call 020 8342 8880 or email

Those unable to attend a screening should visit and order a kit that will be sent to you by post.