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‘In Their Shoes’ Our September challenge

Take 122,314 steps this September and become a lifesaver

We are asking people to step forward this Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September by taking 122,314 steps ‘In their Shoes’ to create awareness of the issues surrounding stem cell donation in minority ethnic groups, as well as raising funds for Race Against Blood Cancer so that we can continue our vital work. 

Why am I being asked to do 122,314 steps?

There are currently 122,314 potential donors from a minority ethnic group on the UK register, making up a mere 15% of the total number of donors available.  Currently only 1 in 5 blood cancer patients from a Black, Asian, mixed-heritage or minority ethnic background will find a matching stem cell donor to give them a second chance at life.

How long does the challenge last for?  Is there a daily step commitment?

You have the whole month of September to complete the challenge.  As long as the total number of steps ‘In their Shoes’ are reached within that time, it doesn’t matter how you split them.  You can run, walk, hop or dance – it’s totally up to you how you take them.

Why September?

Blood Cancer Awareness Month is an international focus to raise awareness of blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.  Charities and health organisations across the globe use this time to raise awareness of the symptoms of disease, issues affecting patients and potential treatments available.  We are using this time to raise awareness of the lack of ethnic diversity on the UK stem cell register; just 20% of patients from BAME backgrounds find a best match donor, while 69% of those from white, northern European backgrounds do.

How do I get involved? 

Contact the team, either through social media messaging or by emailing us

How do I set up a sponsorship page? 

There are two ways you can do this:

  • Set up a facebook fundraiser – On our facebook page, click on Fundraisers in the top menu, then ‘Create a Fundraiser’.  It’s as simple as that!
  • Create a Virgin Money Giving page – visit www.virginmoneygiving.com and click on ‘Start fundraising’.  The site will talk you through the process.

If you have any queries about setting up your page, please contact us.  Don’t forget to remind sponsors of the importance of gift-aiding their donation should they be eligible.

What’s in it for me?

Apart from the incredible awareness raising work that you’ll undertake just by doing your challenge, we will provide all registered participants with one of our ever-so-fancy ‘In their Shoes’ t shirts upon completion of the virtual event.

How do I join the donor register? 

You’ll find information on how you can do this here

Any questions?

Email us here

Raising more awareness on Blood Cancer on 22/23 January

Race Against Blood Cancer will be raising more awareness this month as the team head to Telford to take part in various local events, including a Park Run on Saturday 23rd.

We will be interacting with the amazing students and staff at Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT) on Friday 22nd January. A donor drive will come after a week-long awareness program where students and staff will have discussed the issue of blood cancer as well as its cure. It will be an opportunity for students and staff to learn more about how they can help make a difference by joining the charity and/or sign up as a potential lifesaving donor.

The Race Against Blood Cancer team are looking forward to this event at TCAT and the college has already shown great support to the charity by nominating it as of the their official charities for 2016.

Following the lively events on Friday, the team will then be starting early on Saturday 23rd where they will be taking part in the Telford Town Park Run which will start at 9AM sharp. The team will also be present at the finish line allowing runners, walkers, family and friends to learn more about Race Against Blood Cancer and sign up as donors.

In order to show support and make the most of the event, the team asks that all runners or walkers wear a red t-shirt. And for those who would like to sign up, please simply register here.

Don’t let the running get you down, remember that no matter how slow you go, you will still be lapping everyone on the couch! And some of our team intend to walk too. So get up early, bring your friends and come join us on Saturday 23rd at 9AM to start your day fresh.


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