Live Your Life Day 2020!

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Beds & Bars - Live Your Life Day 2020

Beds and Bars Live Your Life Campaign 2020

Beds & Bars are hosting their annual Live Your Life Day events and awareness campaign on 31st July 2020 in support of the Team Margot Foundation and DKMS, both charities we hold extremely close to our hearts.

Where we can open, we will be hosting some events for our customers on 31st July, and then we’re asking you, our digital community to support us.

Our aim is to raise awareness of blood cancer, encouraging people to find out more about it, and just how simple and easy it is to become a potential life saving donor.

Let’s do our bit to help, too.

PLEASE NOTE: If you live outside the UK then please email LYL@bedsandbars.com and we'll let you know how you can register with your local charity in your country.

Team Margot

Team Margot's Story

In 2013 and at just 14 months old, Margot Martini was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of Leukaemia. After finding a suitable blood stem cell match and following a bone marrow transplant, Margot relapsed and sadly died in 2014 at the far too early age of two.

The number of people worldwide in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant is frightening. On average only 60% of those in need of a match will succeed in finding one and for patients with a minority ethnic heritage, this drops dramatically. Team Margot was inspired by little Margot and was set up in her memory, with the charity doing all they can to help others in their battle against blood cancer.

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.