Michael Sterling (Mike) theatre performer extraordinaire of London’s West End is hosting a virtual musical concert via Facebook Live on Sunday 25th October. Inspired by 8 year old Evie Hodgson’s story he felt compelled to support her and others who require a stem cell transplant.

Evie suffers from the blood disorder Very Severe Aplastic Anaemia and previously had a donor, who later became unavailable, so is now in search for another.

Having five children and three granddaughters himself the notion that they could be affected in the same way struck a cord with Mike. ‘Immediately I felt for this little soul, so vulnerable and so innocent. Then I felt the pain of Evie’s parents, the whole thing filled me with horror. It could be anyone with a family like The Hodgsons’. Mike wishes to see more people on the register so to raise awareness of DKMS, Evie and other people in similar positions he is has organised a concert in honour of Evie’s singing talents.

Evie who has been using her voice -by has been singing to the staff at the hospital- to help her get through the immune suppressant treatment which involves numerous medication with unpleasant side effects. For now however it is maintaining her illness.
‘Evie loves to sing and often does her own rendition of famous songs so to have this concert take place in support of not only her situation but passion too is delightful’ says Mum Tina.

For Mike this is also a way to bring some joy and light-hearted entertainment to people in what is a rather solemn year. ‘Covid is certainly with us and hopefully not for much longer. Although this seems doubtful. But there are still all the other major conditions, cancers, etc which are a massive threat’.

Watch Everyone For Evie: A Live Concert will stream live from 7pm on Sunday October 25 on Evie’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/EvieNeedsaHero/)

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.