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Oakmere Wealth Management are supporting DKMS to find more donors to join the stem cell register

Oakmere Wealth Management, a mulit-award wining organisation, was founded by Carla Brown in 2012.They are an all-female team based in leafy Cheshire with personal and professional clients throughout the UK. Oakmere believe that true wealth is about more than just money. It’s about being happy and healthy and being able to enjoy the pleasures in life, whatever they are.

Louise Clague, Donor Recruitment Manager at DKMS, has known Carla Brown, founder of Oakmere Wealth Management since 2007. Louise’s husband Andy, also a client of Oakmere was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015 and very sadly died in December 2017. Andy left Louise, their children and everyone who knew Andy, with a huge hole in their lives.

Andy taught us many lessons in life - not least by how he conducted himself during his illness, never bitter, always wanting to squeeze out the last bit of enjoyment.

Andy was funny, so very funny; he wore his heart on his sleeve and was proud to. He was generous and very giving and not just in a material way. His work ethic was exemplary (he only stopped working 2 weeks before he died) something he told the children - work hard, but play hard (but only after your work is done!). He was never one to follow the crowd - a strength we have always had the upmost admiration for. But most of all, he was a lovely, lovely man. Living without him is a continued challenge and we are all doing our absolute best to make him so very proud.

Andy’s death left Carla and the team at Oakmere wanting to do more to help others, like Andy, to get a second chance at life. Louise and Andy’s involvement with DKMS touched everyone, not least of all our own Operations Manager, whose father in law is currently battling blood cancer.

After one of their team virtual Friday night catch ups they decided that they’d like to do something to raise funds and awareness for DKMS and get people swabbing. That’s when the plan for a Virtual Lands’ End to John O’Groats challenge was born!

Some of the team are keen exercise enthusiasts (but some are not!) but collectively, they believed that they could achieve the goal of travelling 874 miles – the distance between the two furthest extremities in Great Britain. Each member of the team has committed to walk, run or cycle 146 miles during the month of June and get as many people to register as a donor on the UK stem cell register as possible.

The team are now calling out to others to show their support for DKMS. Only 2% of the UK population is on the stem cell register, it’s a numbers game and we need numbers! COVID-19 has substantially impacted the number of people registering to become a stem cell donor but the number of people needing a transplant keeps growing.

Please request a kit today and be a potential lifesaver – a Lockdown Life Saver!

To make a donation to the work of DKMS, please click on the 'Contribute Now' button below. For every pound donated, the amount of money raised will be matched by St James’ Place Partnership and those funds will be donated to the SJP Foundation.

Together we can delete blood cancer.

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.