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The inspirational Joe Thompson

From a second blood cancer diagnosis to scoring the winning goal for Rochdale AFC – introducing the inspirational Joe Thompson

Fantastic interview where Joe Thompson discusses his winning goal for Rochdale AFC which saved his club from relegation. This was just a few months after returning to his club after a grueling period of treatment following his second blood cancer diagnosis.

Joe Thompson is a massive inspiration to many people currently battling with the disease and has now been nominated for a prestigious global award for his sporting efforts. You’ve definitely got our vote Joe! 😊

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2018-05-08/rochdale-hero-helped-save-his-club-from-relegation-after-cancer-battle


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Introducing our Community Engagement Officer Gemma Elsmore

Gemma, who’s been supporting Race Against Blood Cancer for a little over a year took some time out of her busy schedule to be interviewed by Emma Brown, our Social Media manager about how she first came in contact with the charity

“I first became a volunteer for Race Against Blood Cancer in March 2017, after learning that a friend’s son was in need of a blood stem cell transplant. This emotionally touched my heart and I wanted to offer my support in a way that I could try and really make a difference. I held my first donor drive in aid of the Match4Khaleel campaign, which was a huge success. We were able to sign up 57 potential donors to the stem cell register within 2 hours. This inspired me to want to help others who are in a similar position to Khaleel.

In May 2017 a job was advertised for a Community Engagement Officer in the West Midlands and I knew that this was something that I would love to do, so I applied for the position. I was delighted when I was offered the job at Race Against Blood Cancer because this meant that I could put my all into raising awareness of blood cancer and signing people up.

Over the past 10 months myself and my team of volunteers have signed up over 660 potential blood stem cell donors. I would really love for us to reach a target of 1000 by the end of August 2018 and to continue to encourage people from all different ethnic backgrounds to sign up because you never know when it could affect somebody you love.”

Gemma Elsmore – Community Engagement Officer.

Gemma Elsmore - Community Engagement Officer at Race Against Blood Cancer
Gemma Elsmore – Community Engagement Officer at Race Against Blood Cancer

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Many potential lifesaving donors signed up at Google offices

Nearly 200 potential lifesaving donors signed up in just two donor drives at Google offices

Last week the Race Against Blood Cancer team popped into the Google offices in London to do another donor drive. After last year’s visit where we signed up over 100 donors, we were kindly invited back to capture any employees who may have been away. It was snowing and cold outside but the feeling inside was far from it as we managed to sign up an additional 65 potential lifesaving donors!

A massive thank you to Sam Smith who organised the event and all of those at Google who took the time to register. We would also like to show our appreciation to our community engagement manager Alex Morrison and volunteer Alex Kiffin who once again were on hand to sign up willing participants!

Alex and some new volunteer donors at Google
Alex Kiffin and some new volunteer donors at Google

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Race Against Blood Cancer returns to the popular Shropshire Kids Festival

Last Saturday the Race Against Blood Cancer team hosted another donor drive at the popular event Shropshire Kids Festival 2018 at the Telford International Centre.

The event was full of busy families getting involved in all of the activities on offer, and the team still managed to sign up an impressive 57 blood stem cell donors amongst the madness! We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who visited the stand and took an interest in the charity, and a special thanks to those who registered!

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New volunteers signing up as a stem cell donors at the festival in Shropshire

We’d also like to show our appreciation to the organisers Shropshire Festivals and our amazing team Gemma Elsmore, Sarah Elsmore, Beth Elsmore and Jodie Thompson for spending all day on their feet, encouraging the crowd and signing up new potential donors who could help save the life of someone with blood cancer!

If you would like help with organising a donor drive in your place of work, please contact our community engagement team:

Gemma.elsmore@raceagainstbloodcancer.com Alex.morrison@raceagainstbloodcancer.com


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NCS partnership goes from strength to strength

Since the summer of 2016, Race Against Blood Cancer has been partnering with APM who deliver the NCS – National Citizen Service for young people across the West Midlands.

The project has inspired over 900 young people by educating them about blood cancer and raising awareness about the importance of encouraging people to sign up to the blood stem cell donor register.

The young hopefuls have organised 30 donor drives so far and have raised over £2,500 for the charity. Race Against Blood Cancer hopes to continue the work this summer and inspire more young people to support this worthy cause.

Click the link below to read the full story here in the APM newsletter.

https://indd.adobe.com/view/0e6c89cd-3c3f-4baf-ae10-f0c8f9897b8e


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Race Against Blood Cancer to take on Black Country Half Marathon in July

On Saturday 7th July 2018 a number of friends of Race Against Blood Cancer will compete in the Black Country Half Marathon to raise much needed funds for the charity.

Alex Morrison, Jonathan Dawes, Richard Dawes, Tom Sheppard, Nick Wilson, Jayme Duncan-Emery, David Bradshaw will all be running in their first half marathon so your support will be much appreciated.

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If you would like to donate, then please visit

https://mydonate.bt.com/events/bchalfmarathon2018

Good luck guys and many thanks in advance for all your efforts!


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Transplant recipient makes ‘Trip Of A Lifetime’ to meet donor who saved her life

This inspirational article explains how difficult it was for a British woman to find a stem cell match after being diagnosed with AML back in 2012. Luckily a young man from Germany turned out to be a match and kindly donated his stem cells.

Read on to find out how she took a “trip of a lifetime” to meet the donor who saved her life.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/transplant-recipient-ashling-connell-makes-trip-of-a-lifetime-to-meet-german-donor-who-saved-her-life_uk_5a675e51e4b0dc592a0cfe89

Blood cancer survivor and her donor


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MPs call for more blood cancer testing by GPs

Sky news released an article today highlighting that MPs are calling for more blood cancer testing by GPs.

As the articles describes, the early diagnosis of blood cancer is vital. For the full story click:

https://news.sky.com/story/mps-call-for-more-blood-cancer-testing-by-gps-11210754

With only 1/5 ethnic minorities finding a suitable donor match, finding more live saving bone marrow and stem cell donors is also a top priority. To join the donor register visit:

http://www.raceagainstbloodcancer.com/join


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Race Against Blood Cancer visits Telford Town Park for the first donor drive of 2018

Yesterday, on a cold January morning the Race Against Blood Cancer team held their first donor drive of 2018 at the Telford 10K in Telford Town Park, signing up 34 potential life-saving donors.

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Donor Drive volunteer team in January at Telford Town Park

The team would like to show their appreciation to Telford Athletic Club for allowing us to host a donor drive at the event. We’d also like to say a massive thank you to our community engagement officer Gemma Elsmore and her fab team of volunteers Natalie White, Rebecca Richards, Kayleigh-Jamie Millis, Sarah Elsmore and Danielle Hoyle.

And finally, a big thumbs up to Joe Bates, Tom Sheppard and Andrew Pugh for running and representing the charity!

Remember if you’re organising an event this year and would like us to be involved by hosting a donor drive then please get in touch!


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Andrew Lloyd organises Madeley Cricket Club F.C. reunion

Race Against Blood Cancer would like to thank Andrew Lloyd for organising the charity football reunion on Friday 29th December for Madeley Cricket Club FC.

Many of those who do so much for the charity had all played together for numerous years and it was great for them to get back together after nearly 10 years since they stopped playing.

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Madeley Cricket Club F.C. 10 year reunion photo

Just like the old days it was back to the Cricket Club after the footy for food and several beers! We would like to say a special thank you to Madeley Cricket Club for their kind donation, and also massive thank you to Amber Davies for cooking food for 28 starving men!

The event which was a great success with over £300 raised for the charity, and plans now underway to organise the next one!


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