Sue Harris Trust - Save a Life Party!

Hi and welcome!

Since 1992, the Sue Harris Trust has been helping patients with blood cancer find a suitably-matched stem cell donor. Inspired by the drive and zest that Sue displayed when searching for her own donor, we follow her wish in spreading the message that stem-cell donation is simple and can save another person’s life. So let’s start that journey……

The ‘Save a Life Party’ - Bank Holiday Monday 25 May, 7pm

Join Jewish youth movements and students for the great ‘Save a Life Party’. Judge Rinder will host a carousel of celebrities and entertainers including Love Island’s Eyal Booker and comedians Joe Bor, Rachel Creeger and Simon Brodkin. They’re coming together to raise awareness of how a simple swab of your cheek could give someone a second chance of life.

Someone with blood cancer, such as leukaemia, may need to find a stem cell donor with a matching tissue type to save their life. Their ethnicity affects their tissue type – in other words, a Jewish patient is much more likely to find a match from another Jewish person.

During the party, you’ll hear how you can order online your free home-testing kit to take a swab from your mouth, which you then just put in the post using the freepost envelope. Your tissue type will be registered for any current or future patients and one day you could save a life.

Learn all about it and have a lot of fun at the ‘Save A Life Party’.

Book your place now at: https://sueharristrust.org/party/

On the day of the party, you’ll receive a link to the event.

See you there!

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.

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.

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.