Blood cancer charity asking organisations in Scotland to hold donor recruitment events at their workplaces

Following the news that a second donor has been unable to donate to Ava Stark, the blood cancer charity DKMS is asking organisations in Scotland to hold donor recruitment events in their workplaces. Almost fifty thousand people have registered as potential blood stem cell donors through the DKMS website after the terrible news that the person who was due to donate some of their blood stem cells to help save the life of Ava was now unable to donate for medical reasons.

This is the second time that this has happened to three year old Ava, from Lochgelly in Fife, who has inherited bone marrow failure and urgently needs a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor. While almost fifty thousand people having registered online with DKMS over the last week in response, the charity says that some people prefer to register face to face and it is offering to work with organisations throughout Scotland where it can hold events that give employees the opportunity to register in their workplaces.

Anyone between the ages of 17 and 55 and in general good health can register as a donor. It takes two minutes to swab your cheeks and can be done during a break in the working day. DKMS’s workplace donor registration events are an easy and convenient way for employees to find out more and become a potential blood stem cell donor.

Speaking about how DKMS can work with organisations, Ashlie Caddick, donor recruitment manager at the charity, said:

“Although it is great that so many have registered to help Ava and all those in need of a lifesaving blood stem cell donation, it isn’t enough. We need many, many more people to register.

“We particularly want to give those who might not want to register online the chance to register as a potential blood stem cell donor at an event.”

To find out how you can find support the charity by holding a donor recruitment event in your workplace, please contact Ashlie Caddick at ashlie.caddick@dkms.org.uk or on 020 8747 5635.