About DKMS

DKMS launched in the UK in February 2013 with a key mission to register lifesaving blood stem cell donors. We believe that no one suffering with a blood cancer should die because they are unable to find a matching blood stem cell donor.

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Our mission

Our key mission is to provide a suitable donor for every person in need of a blood stem cell donation. Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. A blood stem cell donation from a matching donor could save their lives. All it takes to go on to the UK stem cell registry is a two minute cheek swab, sent to you when you register online.

How we do it

A public DKMS donor recruitment event

We work towards achieving our mission by raising awareness and empowering people to register as potential blood stem cell donors. We encourage people to take action in their communities, schools and companies. By working with volunteers and organisations throughout the UK, we aim to register as many potential blood stem cell donors as possible.


A global search

DKMS is the world's largest donor centre, with more than 7 million registered donors worldwide. We also currently operate in Germany, the United States, Poland and Spain.

DKMS is a global organisation that started in Germany in 1991 around one family’s search for a donor. Dr. Peter Harf and Prof. Gerhard Ehninger founded DKMS in honour of Harf’s wife Mechtild, who had sadly lost her battle with blood cancer. 25 years on, the worldwide search for donors is still as important as ever for all those needing a potentially lifesaving blood stem cell donation.

DKMS has grown to become the world’s largest stem cell donor centre. More than 63,000 people have made a potentially lifesaving blood stem cell donation since 1991. Today, over 7 million potential donors have registered across our five entities.

Local activity - worldwide impact

Worldwide, there is an average of 18 potentially lifesaving blood stem cell donations a day from DKMS donors.


We are really happy to be working in partnership with the charity Love, Hope, Strength Foundation (LHSF). Registered as a charity in 2007, LHSF was co-founded by Mike Peters, a two-times cancer survivor and singer in the internationally acclaimed Welsh rock band The Alarm. We work with LHSF to provide donor registration opportunities at their concerts around the UK, as well as through links between our websites.

Coty has a long supporting relationship with us in Germany and the USA. We are very grateful to Coty for their support during our UK launch in 2013, providing both financial capital and PR assistance. We also held our first UK company donor recruitment event with Coty, registering 50% of their UK staff, who are now all on standby to save the life of someone with blood cancer.

We are delighted to have ACLT (formerly the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) as one of our partners. We work together to raise awareness of blood stem cell donation and regularly organise co-partnered donor recruitment events. The ACLT was established in June 1996 by Beverley De-Gale and Orin Lewis, parents of former leukaemia sufferer Daniel De-Gale. Since their establishment 18 years ago, the ACLT have significantly increased the numbers of black and mixed raced potential donors on the UK Stem Cell Registry.


Love Hope Strength Foundation promotes innovative, music related, outreach and awareness programmes for leukaemia and cancer sufferers, survivors and their families. Since its formation the LHSF foundation has taken many prominent musicians and celebrities to some of the highest places on earth taking the message of love, hope and strength to people who do not always have access to the same medical treatments, care and facilities as experienced by many of us here in the west.


The charity raises awareness that motivates and enables potential donors to come forward and register at a range of events, which are held regularly across the UK and abroad, and to offer hope to people suffering from leukaemia and blood related cancers.

Other ways to help

There are many ways you can support our work.

Helps us to register more lifesavers.

Inspire your friends to register through your social networks.

Help us to recruit more lifesavers by fundraising for us.