Slater Heelis: Let’s Get Swabbing!

At Slater Heelis, we enjoy supporting charitable organisations in whatever way, shape or form that takes, and we value the impact that support can have.

From sporting events and challenges to charity quiz nights and bake sales, we can always rely on the Slater Heelis family to come together to champion a worthwhile cause.

This campaign is no different, all it involves is a simple cheek swab rather than a cake! You can still have a cake after!

Request your cheek swabs

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer and a stem cell transplant is the best chance of recovery. Incredibly only 2% of the UK population are on stem cell register. Only 30% of people find matches within their family, which means the remainder have to find an anonymous donor. That could be you.

Let’s help Blood Cancer Charity DKMS increase the number of people on the stem cell register, change those statistics and save lives. You could make a difference.

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Only 30% of people with blood cancer find a matching donor within their family
Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer and a stem cell transplant is the best chance of recovery.
Piechart showing that only 2% of the UK population are registered as blood stem cell donors

Local man, Pete McCleave, 42, from Bunbury in Cheshire, has enjoyed a very comfortable life. Happily married with two beautiful boys and, until recently, was working in financial services. Three years ago, Pete was diagnosed with acute myeloma - a rare and incurable blood cancer. He was advised that his best hope for survival was a blood stem cell transplant, and was given a maximum of seven years to live, unless a blood stem cell donor was found. No one in Pete’s family is a match; he is relying on a complete stranger to help save his life. So far, a match has been illusive and Pete’s search continues.

This is devastating news for anyone to contend with and for many it would stop them in their tracks. Not Pete! He has since embarked on a global search to find a matching donor for him and the many others that need one by launching supported by blood cancer charity DKMS. Since the start of Pete’s campaign over 85,000 people have registered as blood stem cell donors and amazingly matches have been found for 15 people. Just not his. Yet.

Pete has boundless energy which he has channelled into raising awareness and fundraising antics such as the Crumball Rally, which he completed in 2019. Incredibly he has raised over £80,000 for DKMS. He has given so much to others and now he needs your help.

If you are eligible, aged between 17-55 and would like to help Pete and others like him, please register for a home swab kit and take that first step in becoming a potential lifesaver. Thank 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.