The Great Orchestra Adventure

18 April 2018

A teenager cancer survivor has launched the ‘Great Orchestra Adventure’ to raise awareness and inspire orchestras to register as potential lifesavers.

Beatrice Edwards, 22, the mastermind behind the campaign following her own battle with blood cancer, is a keen musician and this is the inspiration behind the campaign.

Beatrice is a member of The People's Orchestra. On Saturday 21 April they will host a concert, at West Bromwich Town Hall, to encourage the audience to register as a blood stem cell donors and vital raise funds for us and Anthony Nolan.

Beatrice said: "I'm looking forward to hosting the concert and raising awareness of the importance of blood stem cell donations to urge more people to join the registry.

"I want to encourage other orchestras to get involved with the campaign and spread the message."

Update from 26 April

Not only was the concert a success, but it saw Beatrice overcome her fear of public speaking:

Beatrice’s blood cancer journey

Nearly four years ago, just before her 18th birthday, Beatrice was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

After numerous of gruelling rounds of chemotherapy she was told her best chance of survival would be to receive a lifesaving blood stem cell transplant.

Finding a match

Beatrice's three siblings were tested to see if they were a match and fortunately her brother was identified as a match.

In 2014 she received the transplant and has since made a full recovery. She is now determined to help others needing a matching donor find their lifesavers.

How you can help

Find out more about the campaign and purchase your tickets to the concert on 21 April 2018.

Anyone between the ages of 17-55 and in good general health can go on standby to potentially save a life. Check your eligibility and sign up as a potential blood stem cell donor today.

Find out more about other ways to get involved in the fight against blood cancer or help us cover donor registration costs.