Registering donors

DKMS volunteers hoting a donor drive

We work with friends and families of patients, local communities, and volunteers to hold events to inspire and encourage people to register as potential blood stem cell donors.

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Which type of drive?


Host a live event to encourage communities, neighbours, colleagues, or your own family and friends to become potential blood stem cell donors.

The actual registration process at the event will be quick and simple. Each person will be required to:

  • check that they are eligible to become a potential donor
  • complete a short consent form, and
  • use three cheek swabs.

Virtual drive

This is an alternative way to hold an event. We can set up a unique, personalised landing page where you, your colleagues, friends, etc., can register. Once registered, their swab kit will be sent directly to them. This is a perfect option if you have a community, family or group who are geographically scattered.

Support from DKMS

We will support and guide you through holding an event. Our donor recruitment managers work with you every step of the way, providing training, materials, and ongoing help.

Next step: contact us
Tell us as much as possible about the donor drive you would like to host, including when, where, and whether it is connected to a patient appeal.

DKMS statistics

Graphic showing age range of donors in the UK
  • Only 30% of patients find a matching donor within their family. 70% of patients who need a bone marrow or stem cell transplant rely on finding an unrelated donor.
  • DKMS provided 7,650 second chances at life in 2021.
  • Over 50k people die from blood cancer every year.
  • Each year, DKMS processes more than 254,000 blood stem cell donations worldwide
  • More than 5,500 blood cancer patients have already received a transplant from an unrelated donor
  • Nearly 360,000 people around the globe have already supported DKMS as volunteers.
Help us to register even more lifesavers
Everyone who needs a blood stem cell donor should be able to find their match.