Stem cell swabbing station at City Hall

MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor ensure that City Hall works with Delete Blood Cancer to set up a swabbing station at City Hall on a scheduled donor registration day so that City Hall employees have the opportunity to sign up as stem cell donors?


Answer for Stem cell swabbing station at City Hall

Answer for Stem cell swabbing station at City Hall

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  A wonderful idea, Victoria.  Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention.  We will look at it.  We are exploring holding an event with Delete Blood Cancer to encourage staff to register as potential stem cell donors. 


Victoria Borwick AM:  Absolutely right, Mr Mayor.  Particularly at this time of the year, it is good to use this forum to raise the sad case and to encourage everybody who knows anybody to think about improving cancer survival rates and obviously becoming stem cell donors.  This follows up the letter the family wrote to you from Team Margot who are obviously trying, after the tragic death of their own child, to raise the importance of this to Londoners. 


Thank you for your support.  What we would really like to say is, please, everybody, sign up and consider.  It is only a quick swab test.  Can we please urge everybody who is watching this to think about that is their Christmas present to everybody and see how many other lives we can save by getting this message out?  I please ask for your endorsement.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  You certainly have it, Victoria.  Whether my own stem cells would be of much use I am not sure because I notice that Delete Blood Cancer is particularly keen to recruit donors who are younger than me, which is a bit depressing, but there you go.  Maybe my blood cells will be some use to somebody or stem cells or whatever they are.


Victoria Borwick AM:  Thank you very much.