Volanteus has joined forces with blood cancer charity DKMS, whose mission is to provide a suitable donor for every person in need of a blood stem cell donation. We are doing this by raising awareness and encouraging people to register as potential blood stem cell donors.

CEO Mark Green says;

“Our reason for association and support of DKMS is clear; one simple test, painless and easy, opens the door to save so many lives. We share the same ideals of keeping things simple, but excelling in what we do.”

“Volanteus demonstrates that being boutique doesn’t restrict you. Similarly, DKMS punches blood cancer hard and way beyond its weight. We are proud to support such a proactive team.”

“From the moment we met the DKMS team, it was clear that we had similarities. We are both boutique, we both promote impeccable service, difference is; Volanteus provides Lifestyle, DKMS provides Life.”

Why not embark on a journey with DKMS and join our campaign? Register today to become a lifesaving saver in waiting. You could potentially be a lifesaving match for a blood cancer patient in need.

Thank you.

Pete's Story

Pete McCleave, 42, from Bunbury in Cheshire, has enjoyed a very comfortable life; he’s happily married with two beautiful children 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 10, supported by blood cancer charity DKMS. Since the start of Pete’s campaign nearly 47,000 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 channeled into raising awareness and fundraising antics such as the Crumball Rally, which he completed in 2019. Incredibly he has raised over £70,000 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.


DKMS courier Maria

While blood stem cell transplants are still going ahead during the Covid-19 pandemic, the logistics around arranging the transport of the stem cells across the globe have become much more challenging and complex. Maria Schmiing, 34 from Cologne works for DKMS Germany but also volunteers as a stem cell courier. Recently, she travelled from Germany to America with a very special cargo – life saving blood stem cells for a patient with blood cancer.

Blood stem cell couriers like Maria are currently in great demand to ensure that blood stem cell donations reach their recipients all over the world safely, even during the Corona crisis.

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.