22 October 2018

On Wednesday 17 October  we organised a donor recruitment event at the House of Commons with Conservative Member of Parliament for Dudley South, Mike Wood.

Helping the fight against blood cancer

Mike first learned of DKMS when he was recovering from a near-death experiencing after contracting sepsis (a type of poisoning of the blood) in 2017.

Ever since then Mike has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of blood cancers and blood disorders.

Photo: Mike Wood MP

MPs swab to be a lifesaver

The purpose of the event was to encourage Mike’s fellow MPs to register as potential blood stem cell donors, with the hope that one day they might be a match for one someone in need of a blood stem cell transplant.

Mike said: “I was delighted to see MPs from all sides come together to register as potential lifesavers and show their support for people with blood cancers and disorders.

"With the help of DKMS, MPs and their staff played a small part in raising awareness of blood cancer to help DKMS get a step closer to finding a matching donor for everyone in need.”

More work to do

We registered several MPs on the day and many were keen to raise awareness of blood cancer, posing with our selfie frame and sharing on their social media platforms.

Mike recognises there's still more work to do, so he is urging MPs to keep up the good work and is also encouraging people in his constituency of Dudley South to register as currently less than one percent of the Dudley population are registered with us.

Photo: (L-R): Nigel Huddleston MP, Mike Wood MP and Andrew Bowie MP

How you can help 

If you'd like to register as a potential blood stem cell dono you can check your eligibility and sign up today. Anyone aged between 17-55 and in general good health can go on standby as a potential lifesaver.

If you're not eligible or you're already registered, why not check the other ways to get involved in the fight against blood cancer or help us cover donor registration costs?