The Stratford Upon Avon hub was set up by Bob McCaul in 2019 with the aim of encouraging more people to sign up to become blood stem cell donors. Bob himself knows the importance of having as many potential blood stem cell donors on the register to support people with blood cancer in their hour of need.
In 2017, Bob was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and following three months of chemotherapy, doctors told him that the best chance of stopping the cancer returning was to have a stem cell transplant. Although Bob has two brothers, sadly neither of them were a suitable match, however, doctors found a suitable match for Bob on the blood stem cell register.
“One day I hope to meet my stem cell donor and let them know how grateful I am for their gift of a life to me” says Bob.
Through his treatment, Bob met a DKMS volunteer and decided to get involved in the charity’s work too recruit more people to become donors in his local area.
“I signed up as a volunteer and have loved every minute of it so far. I think what I’m doing is worthwhile and hope will save the lives of people with blood cancer.”
“If you are between 17 and 55 please check if you can register, it’s so simple to sign up and you could one day in the future save a life like mine”
Please help Bob in his 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.