Father of two, Richie, diagnosed with a rare blood disorder

Richie Bollard

Richie, from Kirkby in Merseyside, is a loving husband and father of two who was diagnosed with haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis – a very rare blood disorder – in December 2017.

Richie had been experiencing flu like symptoms but didn’t think too much of it until his health deteriorated. Having developed a rash and sore throat, Richie visited Aintree Hospital where his health further deteriorated and he was put on the critical care ward.

Doctors confirmed Richie’s diagnosis and he began chemotherapy but he was told he needed a blood stem cell transplant to survive. His father, Richard Snr, said:

“The worst part of all this was when we were actually told he only had a week [to live].

“He was on a ventilator and doctors said they could try a new drug, but if that didn’t work within seven days, they said there was nothing more they could do.”

Thankfully, Richie’s health began to improve but he is still desperately seeking a matching blood stem cell donor for his second chance of life. Unfortunately a match wasn’t found within Richie’s family so they have launched an appeal, #Register4Richie, to encourage as many people as possible to register as a potential blood stem cell donor.

Richard Snr added “I want to say to people that even if you are not a match for my son, by registering you could be a match for someone else.”

Since being admitted to hospital Richie has only been able to see his children three times due to the severity of his condition. His children miss him and George, Richie’s three-year-old son, often asks for his daddy.

Please register as a potential blood stem cell donor and help reunite George and six-month-old Lily with their daddy.

If you’re already registered, you don’t need to register again but please continue to raise awareness about blood cancer and blood stem cell donation by encouraging friends and family to register. Together we can save more lives!

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Your age, location and current health status are important. Check to see if you can become a blood stem cell donor.

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As a registered donor, you will be on standby to save life.

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To register you must weight at least 7 stone/13 lbs / 50 kg with a BMI below 40.


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Have you had any of these conditions?

Before you register, please check that you are able to donate by looking at the list below.

You will NOT be able to register if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Weight under 7 stone 12lbs/50kg
  • Obesity (i.e. body mass index (BMI) >40) 
  • Severe heart, lung or kidney diseases 
  • Severe illness of the central nervous system
  • Severe mental health conditions
  • Severe metabolic diseases
  • Addictions (alcohol, drugs, tablets)
  • Severe tropical infectious diseases
  • Infectious diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, Syphilis 
  • Systemic autoimmune diseases or other severe chronic illnesses (e.g. diabetes or rheumatism)
  • Cancer (including being cancer-free, but having had cancer in the past). Exception: Basalioma and cervical carcinomain situ (if  fully removed)
  • Diseases of the haematopoeitic system (blood disorders)

If you have or have had in the past, a chronic or serious condition, or take any medication regularly, please discuss this with a member of our team for initial guidance by calling us on T:020 8747 5620 or sending an email to

How to become a blood stem cell donor

How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS
How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS

Watch this short video to see what it means to be a potential blood stem cell donor. A three-minute cheek swab will put you on standby to save a life.