EASINGTON MP Grahame Morris is urging young men in his constituency to sign up to a donor register.
Mr Morris has joined other MPs to pledge to each recruit at least 10 men aged between 18 and 30 to join the Anthony Nolan stem cell register.
Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer.
Every day it uses its register to match remarkable donors willing to donate their blood stem cells to people who desperately need potentially lifesaving transplants.
But there is a shortage of young male donors on the bone marrow register.
Mr Morris is writing to youth groups, colleges and other community groups as well as raising the issue with young people he meets around east Durham.
Anthony Nolan has provided every MP with a unique code to give to constituents so the charity can track how many young men MPs have recruited.
Mr Morris, who is a member of the Health Select Committee, said: “There are 1,600 people in the UK in need of a potentially life-saving stem cell transplant.
“By joining the Anthony Nolan Register, these young men will be offering patients the chance of life and a new hope to their families.
“If every MP recruited just 10 young men to the register, that would make up 6,500 new recruits towards the charity’s 10,000 target.
“These new donors could be saving lives by Christmas.”
Young men interested in signing the register should visit mp.anthonynolan.org and enter the code LLA3.