DVS Proves the Sky is No Limit in Fighting Blood Cancer

25 June 2018

A Cardiff based company is setting out to prove the sky is no limit when it comes to supporting the fight against blood cancer.

Charity of the Year

In January, DVS, one of the fastest growing security surveillance distributors in Europe, selected us as their ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2018. For the past six months they’ve been raising awareness of the importance of blood stem cell donations and will continue in their mission to raise awareness and funds for the rest of the year.

The company has so far raised over £4,000 to help us register potential lifesavers, by taking part in a number of different fundraising events.

Taking their challenge to new heights

On 28 June, Gavin Dunleavy, 37, from Blackburn, along with Internal Sales Manager and colleague Kylie Beach, 29, from Magor, South Wales, took to the skies, jumping 10,000ft from a plane.

Courtesy of Go Skydive

The company decided to support us after Gavin’s friend and father of three Ian Witham, 42, from Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in September 2017.

The family worked with us on the #IansArmy campaign which gained support from a number of celebrities, including Ray Winstone and Jamie Redknapp, to help find a matching donor for Ian and others in need of a blood stem cell donation.

The #IansArmy campaign encouraged thousands to register as potential blood stem cell donors. Sadly, an unrelated matching donor wasn’t found for Ian and, despite not being a perfect match, he had to receive an urgent donation from his father. This donation was Ian’s best chance of survival in his fight against blood cancer. 

Gavin Dunleavy and Kylie Beach

On a mission

The company supported DKMS World Blood Cancer Day (28 May) by taking part in a tough mudder challenge on 19 May and a golf day on 24 May and has hosted registration events to encourage all eligible staff members aged between 17-55 to register as potential blood stem cell donors.

Gavin said: “Ian and I have been friends for over 10 years and it was heartbreaking to witness him and his family go through such a devastating time. I wanted to do everything that I could to support him which is why I nominated DKMS to be DVS’s Charity of the Year for 2018.

“To know that we are raising vital funds to help register more potential lifesavers who could one day be a match for someone in need of a transplant is really inspiring.

“The team has managed to survive a tough mudder course, host a golf day and on 28 June I will be undertaking a skydive with my colleague in support of DKMS. We’re very much looking forward to the next six months of fundraising activities.”

DVS staff enjoy Golf Day in support of DKMS

How you can help

Caroline Richardson, Head of Fundraising at DKMS said: “A huge thanks to all the members of staff at DVS who’ve gone above and beyond in helping raise awareness and vital funds for us to register even more potential lifesavers. We are looking forward to their continued support across the rest of 2018.”

Help DVS reach their £10,000 target by donating online.

Find out how your company could support the fight against blood cancer or email the team at corporates@dkms.org.uk.