MORE people are needed to join the bone marrow register and Leigh MP Andy Burnham is leading the charge.

He has teamed up with the Anthony Nolan charity to encourage people to help fight blood cancer by signing up to be a donor.

The charity has revealed that there are 562 people in Leigh willing to donate their stem cells, or bone marrow, to save the life of a stranger.

Mr Burnham said: “I have 562 heroes on the register here in Leigh but the challenge continues.

“I’m hunting for more crusaders to sign up today, so we can fight blood cancer together. It is something truly heroic to give a stranger a second chance at life. This is why I’m proud to champion this cause to my constituents.”

To join the Anthony Nolan register, visit if you are 16-30 and in good health.