Cord blood donation campaign

The parents of Charlie Harris Beard have started a petition to raise awareness of cord blood donation. After birth, the umbilical cord is normally thrown away but if it's collected, a woman can potentially give birth and save a life on the same day.

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Cord blood donation is risk free

When Leah Goleniowska from Melton Mowbray gave birth to her baby son Max 11 days ago, she chose to donate his umbilical cord.

The process is risk-free for the mother and the baby. It takes ten minutes to donate.

"From something that is classed as clinical waste anyway, it takes nothing to take a sample of blood from that which can be used. It's just nice to know that from having our son somebody else can actually benefit from that."

– Leah Goleniowska

Cord blood donation, report

The parents of Charlie Harris Beard have started a petition to raise awareness of cord blood donation.

Two year old Charlie Harris Beard from Worcestershire, died last month from leukemia, but his life was prolonged after he received a cord donor transplant from America.

Charlie's parents now want to make sure others can benefit from cord blood donation.

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  1. Charlotte Grant

Cord blood donation centres only in the Midlands

Charlie in hospital Credit: ITV News Central

The parents of Charlie Harris Beard have started a petition to raise awareness of cord blood donation in an attempt to make sure others can be saved.

In the Midlands there are three places where women can donate their umbilical cord after birth, in partnership with the Anthony Nolan Trust.

There are cord blood collection centres at The Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General and the Birmingham Women's Hospital.

Outside of London and the South-East, the only public cord centres are in Leicester or Birmingham, which is why Charlie Harris Beard's parents are campaigning for change.

They have started a petition where they want to spark a debate in Parliament, so there are more cord collection centres.

  1. Charlotte Grant

Cord blood donation can save waste and lives

The parents of Charlie Harris Beard have started a petition to raise awareness of cord blood donation in an attempt to make sure others can be saved.

Two year old Charlie Harris Beard from Worcestershire, died last month from leukemia, but his life was prolonged after he received a cord donor transplant from America.

After birth, the umbilical cord is normally thrown away, as it is classed as clinical waste.

The cord blood inside though, is rich in stem cells. If collected, a woman can potentially give birth and save a life on the same day.

Charlie's dad, Joe Beard, says the transplant Charlie received prolonged his life and they now want more people to benefit.

You can sign the petition and find out more on how you can donate.

Cord blood donation campaign launched by parents of Charlie Harris-Beard

Charlie Harris-Beard Credit: ITV News Central

The parents of Charlie Harris Beard have started a petition to raise awareness of cord blood donation.

Two year old Charlie Harris Beard from Worcestershire, died last month from leukemia, but his life was prolonged after he received a cord donor transplant from America.

Charlie's parents now want to make sure others can benefit from cord blood donation.

Read more about Charlie.

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