Volunteering

FORM A HUB OR JOIN AN EXISTING HUB

DKMS Midland's Volunteer Hub leaders

Volunteer Hubs fulfil a vital role in the recruitment of blood stem cell donors at a local level and help bring communities together in the fight against blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Volunteer Hubs are able to flex their creative muscle and organise fun and informative events, using their skills, interests and contacts. It’s a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and find others you didn’t even know you had!

Our hubs organise donor recruitment events, fundraising activities, and raise awareness of blood stem cell donation by inspiring people to join the fight against blood cancer. Our hubs and their wonderful volunteers are very special to us because they allow DKMS to help people in need of a blood stem cell donation in regions we may otherwise not be able to reach.

 

ORGANISE A DONOR registration EVENT

DKMS Volunteering - Organise a registration event

Hosting a donor registration event is fun, easy and rewarding. DKMS will provide training, branded materials and provide you with one point of contact before and after the event. Donor recruitment events can be held as a one off event.

We regularly work with families, colleagues, community organisations and businesses to host engaging donor registration events to recruit potential life savers. We will always let the event organiser know the exciting news that someone who registered at their event has been matched with a person in need of a blood stem cell donation.

Raise Awareness

DKMS Volunteer Kam surgery launch

Volunteers can help raise awareness of DKMS in their local community, ensuring that as many people as possible understand the importance of registering as a potential blood stem cell donor.

Our lovely volunteers come up with a range of different ideas, including distributing our flyers in GP surgeries, libraries, supermarkets, community centres and organising local events.

We’d love to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering. We would provide you with leaflets and training on who we are and the importance of registering.

Personal stories

Robbie Chahal

 DKMS Volunteer Robbie

Robbie Chahal, from our Midlands hub, describes why he volunteers for us and his volunteering journey.

Harriet Southgate

DKMS Volunteer Harriet

Harriet Southgate, from London, describes why she decided to volunteer for us.

Amars Mangat

DKMS Volunteer Amars

Amars Mangat, from Egham, explains why he was inspired to start a volunteering hub.

 

"I decided to volunteer for DKMS after a friend approached me to work on donor recruitment events in the West Midlands for his uncle who’d been diagnosed with a blood cancer and was in need of a blood stem cell donation. Myself and a couple of other friends started approaching various places such as universities, festivals and temples asking if we could use their space to register people. We found most people were happy to help and in a few months we had registered several hundred people.

We get a real buzz out of donor recruitment events, the idea that we may have found a potential lifesaver motivates us to keep doing more. We also met lots of different people, including Kam Arora who was also organising events for her sister, Sarbjit Matharu, who needs a blood stem cell donation. We've registered over 2,500 people! Already, one person from an event has been identified as a match. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that someone’s life could now be saved.

We joined forces with Kam and together with other volunteers, we formed the Midlands Volunteer Hub. The best thing about our group is we are now firm friends, we genuinely enjoy each other’s company and the volunteering we participate in. We all have our own strengths and ideas which allows us to create unique events, specific to our interests and our community.

I have many memorable highlights, including being awarded Inspirational Volunteer 2015, organising a dinner and dance fundraising event that raised £10k, and conquering the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge. I wouldn't say I enjoyed the preparation as such, but I was delighted to achieve my goal and complete the challenge in under 12 hours. The money raised and sense of achievement gained certainly helped to justify the blisters, sore muscles and self imposed drinking ban!

Through the volunteering I do, I’ve helped organise donor drives at my work place across various offices in National Grid, roped in other family members and my next target…the neighbours! I’m very passionate about the volunteering I do, knowing that all the money raised goes to register people and everyone who registers could save a life, anywhere in the world."

 

"I set a New Year's resolution at the start of 2016 to sign up 1000 new potential donors in partnership with DKMS. After my niece Hattie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2014 we have experienced things a family should never have to go through and watching the large number of other families go through it too was devastating.

As a family we started to raise as much awareness as we could in our local community. Friends of the family and local area have supported us by fundraising for Leukaemia Care, Great Ormond Street and DKMS by arranging charity golf days, football matches, marathons, fun runs, and taking part in Go Gold for September. The next stage of raising awareness was encouraging people to get on the register.

I have arranged 6 corporate events so far and was already 930 into my 1000 person target by May!!

I am excited to continue registering potential donors and hope to keep working in partnership with DKMS in the future, as the thought that it might save someone's life and give a family a chance of happiness is invaluable. Knowing that your annual leave days or weekends are going towards such a worthy cause is definitely worth the time!"

 

"I chose to be a volunteer as blood cancer has been something that has directly affected my family. Often when cancer hits your family you are totally helpless and frustrated as you want to help your loved ones. DKMS provided us with all of the tools to go out and make a difference. This difference was to sign up potential lifesavers whilst educating the community on the illness and how they could help.

We have had drives where we signed up 30 people and drives where we signed up 700 people, but the simple fact is I knew that after each and every drive we could have just saved someone's life, because it genuinely only takes one person. The feeling you have after a successful drive is simply incredible. The whole team has an energy and drive which is truly infectious."