The Midlands Hub was the first Hub formed at DKMS! The Hub has held over 100 donor registration events, multiple fundraisers and featured on television and radio. They focus their effort mostly in the West Midlands and registering the underrepresented BAME community onto the stem cell register.
Since 2015 the hub have grown to 15 volunteers delivering on average four events a month
I decided to volunteer for DKMS after a friend approached me to work on donor recruitment events in the West Midlands for his uncle who’d been diagnosed with a blood cancer and was in need of a blood stem cell donation.
I have been involved with DKMS UK since January 2015, after hearing about Raj Bhuller from a friend. I felt an instant desire to help because, as a result of having lymphoma, my cousin died at a tender age of 20.
I got involved with DKMS UK in January 2015, after my sister was diagnosed with lymphoma in October 2014. I have been working with Robbie and a few other volunteers ever since.
"I decided to volunteer for DKMS after a friend approached me to work on donor recruitment events in the West Midlands for his uncle who’d been diagnosed with a blood cancer and was in need of a blood stem cell donation. Myself and a couple of other friends started approaching various places such as universities, festivals and temples asking if we could use their space to register people. We found most people were happy to help and in a few months we had registered several hundred people.
We get a real buzz out of donor recruitment events, the idea that we may have found a potential lifesaver motivates us to keep doing more. We also met lots of different people, including Kam Arora who was also organising events for her sister, Sarbjit Matharu, who needs a blood stem cell donation. We've registered over 2,500 people! Already, one person from an event has been identified as a match. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that someone’s life could now be saved.
We joined forces with Kam and together with other volunteers, we formed the Midlands Volunteer Hub. The best thing about our group is we are now firm friends, we genuinely enjoy each other’s company and the volunteering we participate in. We all have our own strengths and ideas which allows us to create unique events, specific to our interests and our community.
I have many memorable highlights, including being awarded Inspirational Volunteer 2015, organising a dinner and dance fundraising event that raised £10k, and conquering the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge. I wouldn't say I enjoyed the preparation as such, but I was delighted to achieve my goal and complete the challenge in under 12 hours. The money raised and sense of achievement gained certainly helped to justify the blisters, sore muscles and self imposed drinking ban!
Through the volunteering I do, I’ve helped organise donor drives at my work place across various offices in National Grid, roped in other family members and my next target…the neighbours! I’m very passionate about the volunteering I do, knowing that all the money raised goes to register people and everyone who registers could save a life, anywhere in the world."
"I have been involved with DKMS UK since January 2015, after hearing about Raj Bhuller from a friend. I felt an instant desire to help because, as a result of having lymphoma, my cousin died at a tender age of 20.
I found out how easy it is to help and get people on the donor register, and this was the beginning of a new journey for me. I cannot take any credit for what has been done, it was a team effort with a fantastic group of friends and family, who have all helped to run numerous events at our local places of worship and community centres.
The purpose of all of this is to get more Asian people on the donor register and to also raise awareness, and promote education within the community. "
"Hi, I’m Kam and I have been working as a Practice Manager at my husband’s GP practice for the past 11 years.
I got involved with DKMS UK in January 2015, after my sister was diagnosed with lymphoma in October 2014. I was put in touch with Robbie Chahal, who was the lead for the donor events in the Midlands, and I have been working with him and a few other volunteers ever since. Our aim is to find potential stem cell donors for people in need of them, and we have covered many Gurdwaras and Indian carnivals, like Vaisakhi. Conducting donor events gives me a real buzz.
As part of the Midlands hub of volunteers, we are looking to target further Asian venues; hopefully universities and sixth forms in the near future. To date, we have still not found a matching donor for my sister, but even if we do the team and I are totally committed to continuing to organise events for the foreseeable future.
After winning a Brummies Award I was truly shocked and humbled that anyone would think I was worthy of such an award. This award is for my team, family and friends, without whom we would not have come so far. Thank you so much for your help and support. I am a very proud Brummie. Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart for voting for me."
"The buzz I get from working with DKMS UK is second to none! They say the best things in life are free!"