Irwin Mitchell is proud to be supporting DKMS in their fight against blood cancer. Which now, more than ever, needs your involvement .

Unfortunately, blood cancers don’t know about coronavirus. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on stem cell donor registrations with DKMS and numbers are down by a staggering 50% compared to this time last year.

For someone diagnosed with a blood cancer or blood disorder, a stem cell transplant can offer the best chance of recovery. Incredibly though, only 2% of the UK population are on the stem cell register. Less than a third of people find matches within their family, which means the remainder have to find an anonymous donor, which is like finding a needle in a haystack. Irwin Mitchell can influence those numbers in the right direction!

We are honoured that Pete McCleave will be joining us to talk more about DKMS on 11 December. After being diagnosed in 2016, with acute myeloma - a rare and incurable blood cancer, Pete was told that his best hope for survival was a blood stem cell transplant. He was given a maximum of seven years to live, unless a blood stem cell donor was found. No-one in Pete’s family is a match and time is ticking to find his match. Like many other facing the same situation, his search for a match continues. It could be you.

You could be that life saver in waiting. One simple swab test, painless, quick and easy, can open the door to save lives. By joining the stem cell registry, you will be on standby to match and potentially save the life of someone with a blood cancer or a blood disorder.

Let’s help DKMS increase the number of people on the stem cell register, change those statistics and save lives.

If you are aged 17-55 and in general good health, register below and request a swab kit to become a potential blood stem cell donor today!

Thank you.

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.