Every 27 seconds, someone somewhere in the world is diagnosed with blood cancer.

You could be someone's second chance at life.
4 out of 10 people looking for an unrelated matching donor worldwide are not able to find a match. But you can help us change this.
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Only 30% of patients are able to find a compatible donor in their family.
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Are you ready to become a potential lifesaver? Join the register now

How does it work?

1. Order a swab kit online
Answer a few simple questions about yourself to make sure you’ll be able to safely donate if needed. If it’s a yes, then you’ll be directed to a page where you can request your swab kit online.
2. Swab your cheeks and return your kit
Swab the inside of your cheeks and send the swabs back to us (there are instructions on the pack that you’ll be sent). The swabs will then be analysed in our lab to determine your HLA (tissue) characteristics – this is how we match donors and patients.
3. We will add you to the register
Once we have analysed your samples, we will add you to the register and you will be available for patients all around the world who are searching for a donor. Amazing!
1. Order a swab kit online
Answer a few simple questions about yourself to make sure you’ll be able to safely donate if needed. If it’s a yes, then you’ll be directed to a page where you can request your swab kit online.
2. Swab your cheeks and return your kit
Swab the inside of your cheeks and send the swabs back to us (there are instructions on the pack that you’ll be sent). The swabs will then be analysed in our lab to determine your HLA (tissue) characteristics – this is how we match donors and patients.
3. We will add you to the register
Once we have analysed your samples, we will add you to the register and you will be available for patients all around the world who are searching for a donor. Amazing!
You are a match
If you come up as a potential match for someone, the donation process can begin. Our team will be in touch as soon as possible.
Health check
We will ask you for a blood sample to confirm that you are the best possible match for the person in need of a transplant.
Peripheral blood stem cell donation
In 90% of cases, stem cells are collected peripherally (apheresis). This involves taking stem cells directly from the bloodstream. You’ll be able to have this done as an outpatient and it does not require surgery.
Bone marrow donation
In 10% of cases, the stem cells are collected from the back of your pelvic bone. This is carried out under general anaesthetic.
The patient receives your blood stem cells
The collected blood stem cells are transplanted to the patient, in a procedure similar to a blood transfusion.
A second chance at life
Your job is done and your incredible donation will help to give someone a second chance at life.
You are a match
If you come up as a potential match for someone, the donation process can begin. Our team will be in touch as soon as possible.
Health check
We will ask you for a blood sample to confirm that you are the best possible match for the person in need of a transplant.
Peripheral blood stem cell donation
In 90% of cases, stem cells are collected peripherally (apheresis). This involves taking stem cells directly from the bloodstream. You’ll be able to have this done as an outpatient and it does not require surgery.
Bone marrow donation
In 10% of cases, the stem cells are collected from the back of your pelvic bone. This is carried out under general anaesthetic.
The patient receives your blood stem cells
The collected blood stem cells are transplanted to the patient, in a procedure similar to a blood transfusion.
A second chance at life
Your job is done and your incredible donation will help to give someone a second chance at life.

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We’d love it if you could help us to get more people on the register so that everyone who needs a blood stem cell donor can find their match.
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