Every day, the Anthony Nolan Trust matches incredible individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people with blood cancer and blood disorders who desperately need lifesaving transplants. It all began in 1974. With her three-year-old son Anthony in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant, Shirley Nolan set up the world's first register to match donors with people in desperate need. Now, the Anthony Nolan Trust helps three people each day find that lifesaving match.
In October 2000, Robbie met Johanna MacVicar at his concert in Glasgow. She was diagnosed with Leukemia. Robbie was moved by the young woman's distress and decided to help the Anthony Nolan Trust that fights Leukemia. He agreed to test if his blood was compatible to donate bone marrow. The action of Robbie has given a spotlight to encourage people to register as a donor. Johanna MacVicar died of her illness on May 17, 2005.