Swab in the name of love

21 February 2018

Last week Blackpool volunteer hub leader Louise Paramel, 33, hosted a Valentine’s Day donor registration and fundraising event for DKMS and Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Blue Skies Hospital Fund. The fundraising event included a tombola and raised £600 which will be split between the two charities.

Louise, a Practice Development Sister at the Hospital's Paediatric Unit, and her team also registered potential lifesavers.

(L-R) Louise Paramel and sister Tracey Bennion

No stranger to volunteering

Louise is no stranger to volunteering. She has been working with DKMS since May 2016 and has organised seven events, registered 235 potential lifesavers and raised over £4500.

The inspiration for the Valentine’s Day event came after Louise met a patient at her hospital who needed a blood stem cell transplant.

Cupcakes, single red roses and helium-filled heart balloons all helped to add a touch of Valentine’s Day love. Two clowns were also on-hand to entertain visiting children.

All it takes is one

Louise said: “I was extremely happy with the event and the amazing support we received yet again from our community in Blackpool. Local bakers donated cakes and Morrisons, in Squares Gate, donated all the chocolates for the gifts I made to sell. 

"Raising awareness of blood cancer is both rewarding and important, especially if at least one person registers as a potential lifesaver, because all it takes is one match.” 

How you can help?

Swabbing to become a potential lifesaver and fundraising are just two ways that enables us to fight blood cancer. Your support could make the difference to someone in need of an urgent blood stem cell transplant.

Find out how you can volunteer with us, or make a donation online.