The Midlands’ hub was formed in January 2015 with the aim of raising awareness and registering potential blood stem cell donors to help save the lives of people who have been diagnosed with blood cancer. The Midlands hub are dedicated to registering people from all backgrounds but in particular those form a BAME background due to the shortage of these donors and the diversity of the population in their region..
Currently only 2% of the UK population are registered as potential blood stem cell donors, and just 13% of those on the register come from minority ethnic backgrounds. Sadly patients from BAME communities only have a 20% chance of finding a donor.
Since the hub started they have organised over 150 registration events for DKMS and have added over 5,000 new potential blood stem cell donors to the register.
Please help the Midlands’ Hub in their mission, join the register today and take the first step to saving a life. If you're unable to join the register but would still like to help, get in touch below to find out about local volunteering opportunities and others ways to support DKMS.
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.
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.