Apollo Motor Group x DKMS

Luke Hope 19, an Apollo Motor Group Apprentice and the winner at the ABP Club Knight of Knights 2019 Special Recognition Award is in great need of your help and support.

Luke was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, (ALL) in October 2018, the day before his 18th birthday. After six months of intensive chemotherapy, Luke then went into remission. Unfortunately nine months later in February 2020 he relapsed. Further to this Luke lost his sight in his right eye.

Now he urgently requires a stem cell transplant, the only life saving treatment.

Apollo Motor Group is asking companies in the automotive industry to support DKMS UK and give Luke, the hope he and many others need by registering as a potential stem cell donor here.

Should you wish to contribute to Apollo Motor Group’s fundraiser for DKMS, please donate here http://www.justgiving.com/Apollo-DKMS .

Bradley Eyles, Apollo Motor Group, Director, contacted ABP Club to help spread the word and appeal for industry colleagues to help. “Luke is extremely well liked throughout Apollo and a lot of people within the automotive industry are in awe of Luke’s determination and resilience in the challenges he has faced. We are kindly asking all our direct and indirect connections to help Luke in his fight by joining the donor list or making a donation," said Bradley. "I have shared on our company LinkedIn and Facebook page; if anyone reading this could please ask your colleagues to kindly share - thank you."

REGISTRATIONS TO DATE: 101 NEW POTENTIAL DONORS TO THE REGISTER!

Every 20 minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. This diagnosis is devastating, and during the corona virus outbreak, it is even more crucial that we do all we can to offer hope to people with blood cancer and blood disorders. We have seen the numbers of people joining the blood stem cell register decline dramatically in recent times, and now, more than ever before, we need you to sign up. For many, a blood stem cell donation is their best chance of recovery and only 30% of people find a match within their family. This means the remainder will need to find an anonymous blood stem cell donor, and that could be you.

Information about registration

Registering as a blood stem cell donor is easy, simply check your eligibility and request your home swab kit. Once you receive the kit, you will need to swab the inside of your cheek, following the instructions on the pack, before sending them back to us. Once we receive your swabs, they are processed in our lab to determine you tissue typing. Your typing is then stored, in an anonymised form, on the global database. This means you can be identified as a match for anyone in the world

A note about Coronavirus

We understand there are lots of worries and concerns around coronavirus and would like to reassure you that it is completely safe to request and send in your swabs.

If you're a match

If you are identified as a match, you will donate in one of two ways. In the majority of cases this is via a process called “Peripheral Blood Stem Cell collection”, which is a little like giving blood. In 10% of cases, the stem cells are taken from your bone marrow, under general anaesthetic. The method of donation is chosen by the patients team based on what is most suitable for them.

Together we will beat blood cancer.

To register as a blood stem cell donor, you need to be between 17-55, in general good health and not registered with another donor centre. To check your eligibility and request your swab kit, follow the link below.

It costs us £40 to register a new donor on the UK stem cell registry. As a charity, we rely on monetary donations from the public to help cover this cost and greatly appreciate any contribution, no matter how big or small.

If you are unable to register as a potential donor, we would be very grateful if you could consider making a contribution towards the cost of a registration.