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Race Against Blood Cancer breaks new ground with first donor match

Wednesday 15th November 2017 will go down in Race Against Blood Cancer history as the day that one of the donors that the team registered went on to successfully donate their stem cells in hope of saving the life of a patient in need.

After coming close on no less than 10 other occasions, the team were overjoyed to learn that James Burton had been invited to Harley Street, London, to carry out the important yet simple procedure. What made the news even more special was that James registered at the launch event for the charity in the summer of 2015, where the team held a dinner, dance and golf tournament to announce their arrival as a burgeoning charity with big ambitions.

James had originally been contacted to be a match last year but at the last minute, to his disappointment he was informed that he wasn’t required. This time around everything was smooth sailing. James had a nurse visit him 4 days prior to heading to the clinic, to give him an injection to stimulate the growth of his white cells and travelled to London the day before the procedure.

In the end James harvested his stem cells over the course of two days with the procedure itself painless as expected. For those of you following the live video footage via Facebook, you’ll have seen a very relaxed James occupying himself by playing Football Manager throughout, while being amused by Alex Morrison, our Community Engagement lead.

We would like to say a massive thank you to James – words cannot express how grateful we are to him. We would also like to thank all of those who have donated and continue to support Race Against Blood Cancer, DKMS and the incredible staff on the day at The London Clinic.

Witnessing the life changing impact their efforts have had for a blood cancer patient in need, the team is as motivated as ever to find the next James Burton and have some great plans in place to continue raising awareness of the lack of diversity of those signed up to the donor register and running many more donor drives to find many more matches.

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A donor drive remembering Khaleel

On 29th July 2017, Race Against Blood Cancer helped organise the event “Remembering Khaleel”, in loving memory of Khaleel Khan, a 12-year-old boy, who sadly lost his battle to Leukaemia earlier in the year.

The event took place at The Duke in Telford and ran from 1 PM – 11.30 PM. The event included a number of stalls such as a tombola, a bouncy castle, hook-a-duck and live music acts every hour up until 8PM. As a boy full of love and life, the day’s events were then followed by a karaoke disco in the bar until 11.30 PM.

After such difficult times, seeing Khaleel’s family and friends enjoying the day and help educate others about blood cancer was vert heart-warming. Over 60 people attended the event and helped us raise £738 that will help Race Against Blood Cancer continue its efforts in giving every single blood cancer patient an equal chance.

We would like to give a special thanks to The Duke’s team for allowing us to use their venue for our event, Craig France for supplying the PA system and entertainment and Simon Holding for S.P. Holdings for the lorry trailer.

We would also like to thank all the music acts who dedicated their time to make this event a success and the local business for their raffle donations.

To Sarah Elsmore, Beth Elsmore, Jonathan Pickering, Liane Elsmore, Matthew Elsmore, Stuart Mcglynn, Carrieann Pickering, Jodie Thompson, Lindsey Jones, Louise Hurcomb, Alivia Elsmore, Jamie Sault, Kirsty Vernon, thank you for volunteering on the day and making it a success.

Khaleel’s family were very thankful for all the support the charity had shown as well as the donations and support from the community through Khaleel’s Leukaemia Journey.

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Stall at Remembering Khaleel

 


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Race Against Blood Cancer joins the fun at Shropshire Kids Festival

On April 23rd & 24th the Race Against Blood Cancer team joined the thousands of excited children and parents at Shrewsbury Quarry Park for our first appearance at Shropshire Kids Festival.

The basic yet incredibly worthwhile concept is bringing fun activities for under 14’s into one place and with more than 100 activities to get involved in, the festival did not disappoint. From donkey rides, face painting, to an inflatable Helter Skelter, there was something to keep every child entertained and that bought thousands of families together for a fun filled weekend.

Registration team of volunteers at Kids Fest in Shrewsbury
Registration team of volunteers at Kids Fest in Shrewsbury
Slides, pools and games made it Kids Paradise
Slides, pools and games made it Kids Paradise
Parents were really keen to find out how they could help
Parents were really keen to find out how they could help

Race Against Blood Cancer pitched up with a huge gazebo with both an energetic and passionate team. Following the family and children theme, the team was made up of volunteers from both London and local Salopians, parents and kids a like.

The team enjoyed the frequent sunny spells and luckily the less frequent showers. Running around the festival speaking to anyone that would listen, raising awareness and signing up the much needed bone marrow and stem cell donors, the team was in full flow.

In working in partnership with the #match4tommy campaign we hoped for a great turn out and we weren’t disappointed! By the end of the two days and an amazing effort by the whole team, we managed to collect 200 new donors! This was an amazing outcome and an event we all thoroughly enjoyed. The atmosphere was buzzing throughout and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend.

A huge thanks goes to out to Beth Heath, Rachel Davy, Emma Davies, along with all of those who came down and helped out. Lastly and most importantly, thank you to all the kind donors we signed up on the day. We hope you continue to share our hopes and dreams of finding the likes of Tommy and every blood cancer patient a lifesaving donor match.


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Race Against Blood Cancer supports Afro-Caribbean Leukemia Trust at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival

Last weekend among the feathers, dancing and blaring soca music, a team of Race Against Blood Cancer volunteers were in force with the Afro-Caribbean Leukemia Trust (ACLT) raising awareness and registering new stem cell donors at Notting Hill Carnival.

For those not familiar with Notting Hill Carnival, it is an annual event in the streets of west London in the UK that has been running since 1966. The event celebrates the heritage of London’s West Indian residents but has evolved to more widely celebrate London’s diversity and community.

Donors of Afro-Caribbean descent are significantly under-represented on registries around the world, resulting in a challenge for patients of this heritage to find a donor match. Notting Hill Carnival is one of the largest street parties outside of Rio with approximately 1 Million attendees each year, so what better place to find a diverse crowd of potential live savers!

The inspiring team at ACLT partnered with the Metropolitan Police and had 2 tents over the 2-day event where we could direct the revellers and get carnival-goers to sign up. 8 volunteers from Race Against Blood Cancer held awareness signs, donation buckets, engaged and educated the crowd with the ultimate goal of driving stem cell donor sign ups.

Other than being a lot of fun the carnival was a great success, Race Against Blood Cancer helped in achieving a total of 438 stem cell and bone marrow donors. This is a fantastic result and we thank all the volunteers that took to the streets with signs, whistles, and feathers to raise awareness and to help sign up a number of potential life savers.

The Race Against Blood Cancer team looks forward to supporting ACLT next year. We’ll be working on our dance moves until then!

Check out some pics from the event below.

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PHD Media raises expectations for Race Against Blood Cancer with record donor drive

On Tuesday 25th in London, the PHD team managed to register the most stem cell donors to the register in any one drive to date.

Despite the soggy weather in the midst of summer, Judy Chan and her team of volunteers were raring to go and focused on the number of people they wanted to get signed up.

Not that it was ever really in doubt given the passion and sheer professionalism of the team but the final count for the day set a new record, for any corporate drive to now try to beat – the team at PHD with support from Alex Morrison and Lucy Baumgartner managed to register 131 new stem cell donors in just 6 hours – 24 more than its sister agency OMD International had valiantly achieved just 6 weeks prior.

Alex and Lucy from Race Against Blood Cancer who were involved in the organisation and present at the event can’t stress enough how wonderful the whole team was and how they all fully embraced the task at hand, keeping the environment friendly, informative, while managing to remain light hearted throughout.

In addition to signing up a significant number of new stem cell donors, many of the volunteers asked to become regular volunteers for Race Against Blood Cancer, with some of them planning to join us at this weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival where Race Against Blood Cancer will be supporting the ACLT.


Race Against Blood Cancer would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at PHD for making us feel so welcome and also give a special shout out to Judy Chan, Catherine Aylward, Jennifer Fuller, Claire Hall, Rebecca Burchnall, Charmaine StJohn, Lucinda Leonard, Victoria Crabb, Rachel Robinson, Shannon Monson, Faye Razzak, Dipesh Pattni, Tom Blaza and Lauren Thompson for their support on the day itself. You were all amazing.

 

We can’t wait to come back next year and here’s hoping to better weather!


Race Against Blood Cancer at Notting Hill Carnival

Race Against Blood Cancer to team up with ACLT at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival

On August Bank holiday weekend, Race Against Blood Cancer is excited to be supporting the ACLT with volunteers to help drive donor registrations at the Notting Hill Carnival.

Race Against Blood Cancer at Notting Hill Carnival

Known as one of the largest street festivals in the world and the biggest in Europe, the carnival has, since its start in 1966, grown to become a real icon of British culture. Originally calling on the British West Indian community the carnival has now become a key date for people from around the world to celebrate, making it a real hub of mixed cultures, ethnicities and fun.

Amid festive crowds, jerk chicken stalls and music stages, Race Against Blood Cancer will be present at the heart of the carnival from 12pm to 5pm on the corner of Lancaster Road and Ladbroke Grove.

ACLT LogoThis will be Race Against Blood Cancer’s first presence at the carnival and we look forward to supporting ACLT in what will hopefully become an annual presence to increase diversity on the donor register and help save lives.

 

If you are passionate, outgoing and keen to help on weekend 30th & 31st, please get in touch with alex.morrison@raceagainstbloodcancer.com who will give you more details.

 


Brixton Splash Donor Registration Drive

Brixton Splash Donor Registration Drive

With it’s explosion of culture and the general good vibes that are associated with Brixton Splash, the Race Against Blood Cancer team is excited to be part of this years celebration and will be on hand to raise awareness of the lack of diversity of the stem cell and bone marrow database and encourage those in attendance to take a few minutes out to register as a potentially life saving donor.

For those who have not experienced this unique festival which takes place on Sunday 2nd August, we really encourage you to come along to see what all the fuss is about. With a focus on supporting local talent with music styles including but not limited to Soul, Pop, Ska and Reggae through to dancehall and roots, along with an abundance of free workshops, activities, arts and crafts, there really is something for everyone.

If you’re in the area please stop by to say hello to the team. We’ll be located on 412 Coldharbour Lane and for anyone who wants to join our team of volunteers on the day it’s not too late. Please email alex.morrison@raceagainstbloodcancer.com for more details.


Race Against Blood Cancer & OMD Donor Drive

OMD hosts its first ever Race Against Blood Cancer Donor Drive

On Tuesday 7th July, Race Against Blood Cancer ran its first ever Donor Registration Drive in partnership with OMD, a global media communications agency, in what is to become a series of drives across the agency’s local and global network.

Generally known as an industry full of loud, audacious young individuals who never back down from a good advertising deal, the media world took second place at OMD King’s Cross on Tuesday where staff decided to help save a life “for the cheek of it”.

Joining forces with Delete Blood Cancer UK, the official charity that recruits potential blood stem cell donors, Race Against Blood Cancer & OMD managed to register 108 new donors to the registry, setting a high benchmark for its sister agencies around the world and a stepping stone for Race Against Blood Cancer.

As Chloe Hawking, director at OMD and representative of Race Against Blood Cancer told trade press “The more diverse someone’s ethnicity, the more difficult it is to find a match. London is such a melting pot of ethnicities so we are hoping our efforts can increase every patient’s chance of finding a match. This OMD office was an obvious choice for a donor drive – due to its international focus and recruitment approach, there are over 300 staff with 30 nationalities, making the team an ideal group of potential donors.”

Race Against Blood Cancer is immensely proud of this first Corporate Donor Registration Drive and is looking forward to working with OMD and Delete Blood Cancer to continue this great work!

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Race Against Blood Cancer gets it down to a ‘tee’ with private launch party at the Shropshire Golf Course

Race Against Blood Cancer gets it down to a ‘tee’ with private launch party!

On Friday 10th July, The Shropshire Golf club will host 100 golfers in the day and 250 guests in the evening, for the private launch of Race Against Blood Cancer.

The event is invitation only and is being attended by close friends and family of the team involved with setting it up. As part of the evening’s entertainment is a DJ, live singer, silent auction and quiz with some great prizes on offer.

The team will also look to use the opportunity to raise awareness of the shortage of stem cell and bone marrow donors from various ethnic groups and to encourage those in attendance to register on the night as a potential donor. A huge thanks to everyone who has helped with the planning of the event, in particular Joe Bates for leading the charge & Matt Lea for organising the golf day.

Please keep a look out for the photos and an update on how it all goes.

Race Against Blood Cancer gets it down to a ‘tee’ with private launch party at the Shropshire Golf Course


OMD & Race Against Blood Caner Donor Registration Drive

OMD & Race Against Blood Cancer Donor Registration Drive

On Tuesday 7th July, OMD, a global media communications agency will be hosting our team at their International office in Kings Cross London.

The objective for the day is simple: register as many of their staff as stem cell and bone marrow donors as possible! This is  just the start of OMD joining us in our fight against blood cancer, as they’ve already committed to hosting several others drives across their respective UK and global offices. A huge thanks to everyone involved in making this happen. We’re incredibly excited by the potential of this latest partnership.

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