Ian, a loving dad of three, fighting acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

Ian and his children

Ian’s a loving dad of three adorable daughters, an Arsenal fan and a golfer from Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Being a very sociable and selfless person, he loves helping others. Right now, however, he needs our help.

Ian’s life was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) shortly after his 42nd birthday. His best chance of survival is through receiving a blood stem cell donation from a donor with a similar tissue type to his. Ian, his family and friends are currently on the search to find his perfect match.

His siblings have been tested, but sadly they are not a match. Adding to this, neither in the UK nor worldwide have doctors been able to identify a match for Ian. Together we could change this. All it takes is one registered person with a matching tissue type to help save this man’s life. The more people who register as a potential blood stem cell donor, the more likely Ian and others who are in a similar situation will be to find the perfect match.

If you’re between the ages of 17-55 and in good general health, please take a few minutes out of your day to help siblings, children and parents like Ian to find their potential blood stem cell donor. Finding the perfect match could give Ian and other people in need a second chance of life.

Check your eligibility

Your age, location and current health status are important. Check to see if you can become a blood stem cell donor.

Your age, location and health are important

See if you are eligible

As a registered donor, you will be on standby to save life.

Do you live in the UK or British Islands?

DKMS in the UK accepts registrations from the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Is this your first registration with a stem cell donor registry?

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Have you had any of these conditions?

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List of conditions

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You are an eligible donor!

Thank you! You can become a potential donor! That’s it. You’re now on the road to becoming a lifesaving blood stem cell donor.

Thank you for your support.

We can only register people who live in the UK.


You might be able to register with one of our sister organisations below:

or you can...

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If you did register before, you do not need to register again.


There are other ways to help.

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To register as a potential blood stem cell donor, you must be between the ages of 17-55.


You can still help in other ways!

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Unfortunately you are not eligible to become a donor.


You can still help in other ways!

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To register you must weight at least 7 stone/13 lbs / 50 kg with a BMI below 40.


But there are still many other ways to help!


Have you had any of these conditions?

Before you register, please check that you are able to donate by looking at the list below.

You will NOT be able to register if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Weight under 7 stone 12lbs/50kg
  • Obesity (i.e. body mass index (BMI) >40) 
  • Severe heart, lung or kidney diseases 
  • Severe illness of the central nervous system
  • Severe mental health conditions
  • Severe metabolic diseases
  • Addictions (alcohol, drugs, tablets)
  • Severe tropical infectious diseases
  • Infectious diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, Syphilis 
  • Systemic autoimmune diseases or other severe chronic illnesses (e.g. diabetes or rheumatism)
  • Cancer (including being cancer-free, but having had cancer in the past). Exception: Basalioma and cervical carcinomain situ (if  fully removed)
  • Diseases of the haematopoeitic system (blood disorders)

If you have or have had in the past, a chronic or serious condition, or take any medication regularly, please discuss this with a member of our team for initial guidance by calling us on T:020 8747 5620 or sending an email to donor@dkms.org.uk.

How to become a blood stem cell donor

How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS
How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS

Watch this short video to see what it means to be a potential blood stem cell donor. A three-minute cheek swab will put you on standby to save a life.

Good to know...

  • Although the donation method used in 90% of blood stem cell donations, Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) collection, looks similar to blood donation, blood stem cell donation is different from giving blood. With blood stem cell donation, only stem cells are donated, not blood, and matches are determined by tissue type, not blood group.
  • 10% of blood stem collections are done via a bone marrow collection from your hip bone, not the spine.
  • Even though there are over 27 million people on the worldwide register, this isn’t enough. Many people in the UK still can't find a suitable matching donor.
  • Your blood stem cells will completely replenish themselves within 2-4 weeks of the collection.
  • Your blood stem cells will never be stored, they last for around 72 hours and are delivered straight to the person in need by a special courier.