We are delighted to be working with former professional goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, on a huge challenge for 2020. Carl, along with a group of other fundraisers, will be taking on a huge 555 mile cycle challenge across England to raise funds for the charity and awareness of the issues surrounding stem cell registration – especially among the BAME community.
As Carl says: “After my own diagnosis with leukaemia back in 2017, I discovered that my treatment options would be limited due to the lack of ethnic diversity on the stem cell register. Race Against Blood Cancer is trying to change all that; I’ve been involved with the team for more than a year now and so wanted to take on a challenge to raise funds and awareness, as well as creating opportunities to increase the number of potential stem cell donors on the register.
Though I was signed to Wolverhampton Wanderers for my entire career, I also played on loan for a number of other clubs and this gave me an idea. Building on the training I did for a recent bike ride, I’m planning to cycle 555 miles in six days, stopping off at all the clubs I represented during my career.
I’ll start at Middlesbrough on Monday 4 May, before winding my way down (and then back up!) the country, finishing at Wolves during half time on Saturday 9 May. The route I’ll take is as follows:
Day 1 (4 May) Middlesbrough – Accrington Stanley – Stockport County TOTAL 132 miles
Day 2 (5 May) Stockport County – Doncaster Rovers – Sheffield United TOTAL 83 miles
Day 3 (6 May) Sheffield United – Leicester City – Northampton (rest stop) TOTAL 110 miles
Day 4 (7 May) Northampton (rest stop) – Charlton Athletic – QPR TOTAL 90 miles
Day 5 (8 May) QPR – Southam (rest stop) TOTAL 90 miles
Day 6 (9 May) Southam (rest stop) – Wolves TOTAL 50 miles”
If you wish to sponsor Carl, please visit his fundraising page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/carlikeme or for more information about the event contact us
Race Against Blood Cancer is delighted to confirm that twelve potential stem cell donors recruited by the charity have now gone on to give transplants to patients affected by blood cancer, giving their recipients a second chance at life!
In the four years since the charity’s inception, our small team have inspired more than 6400 people to sign up as potential donors, giving hope to blood cancer patients in the UK and beyond. Not only did we have twelve donors go on to donate their stem cells, a quarter of these were people from a BAME background, which is significantly higher than the national average.
We would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone that has registered with us and to all of our registration partners – because of your support, many lives have now been saved.
If you still haven’t registered to become a potential life-saver, you can do so by clicking here.
In this video you’ll learn more about us, our impact and why we wish to improve the lives of people with blood cancer.
To help us to give every blood cancer patient the equal prospect of a quality stem cell match, and a better chance of survival, please consider supporting our work by making a monthly donation here.
We would like to give a special thank you to Carl Ikeme, Matt Murray, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Twenty5Eight who have helped us raise awareness of the need for more stem cell donor registrations, and for their support in the making of this video.
Alex has been a driving force behind the charity since day one and has travelled around the country to raise awareness for blood cancer. In our first 12 months, he has helped us register over 2000 new donors and he was recently informed that our efforts have led to find our first of what we are confident will be many matches that will save the lives of blood cancer patients in need of a living saving bone marrow or stem cell match.
To give Alex some much deserved recognition for all his efforts and even more importantly, help get Race Against Blood Cancer more visibility at this increasingly influential event, we need you to take just two minutes out of your day to vote for Alex. It’s important that you do this in the next few days as voting closes on June 20th.
Every vote counts! Thanks for your support and stay posted for some hopefully positive news soon.
Earlier this year, we headed to Capital Xtra Radio to support the #match4tommy and #match4rilind campaigns. We also got to interview Tommy and Rilind’s mums who keep fighting the battle for their sons everyday.
Watch some of the footage and help spread the word for these amazing little boys who are both still waiting for suitable donors.
Race Against Blood Cancer completes hat-trick of Donor Registration Drives with Omnicom as the OMD UK drive leads to another success.
On Thursday 18th November the Race Against Blood Cancer team visited its third Omnicom Media Group office OMD UK, having previously held donor registration drives at OMD International and PHD UK.
As the team has come to expect, there were a number of willing participants and friendly faces throughout the day, which certainly helped raise everyone’s spirits on a bitterly cold winter’s day.
During a busy week for the agency, with several high profile meetings taking place, Kadie Evans did an incredible job getting everyone organised and rallying the troops, resulting in 70 new bone marrow and stem cells donors being signed up.
As is often the case with these drives, the Race Against Blood Cancer team were pleased to be able to educate a number of people who had the misconception that we were physically taking blood as part of the registration process, when in fact it’s a simple cheek swab and a few minutes of their time, to explain what will happen if they’re lucky enough to be a donor match for a patient in need.
A massive thank you to Kadie and all of her team. We cannot thank you enough for your efforts.
Race Against Blood Cancer returned to University last week as they attended Wolverhampton University Freshers Fair.
Straight up from London, the Race Against Blood Cancer team travelled to the Midlands and spread the word by visiting both Wolverhampton and Walsall campuses.
In total 48 new bone marrow and stem cell donors were registered. This was a great achievement given that none of the students were aware that Race Against Blood Cancer would be in attendance.
Additional to the number of new donors registered, several people volunteered on the day to help ensure Race Against Blood Cancer has a regular presence throughout the year at suitable events and the university themselves offered to help spread the word further, not least by marketing the charity on their website.
Given the ethnic and culture diversity of the university and the aforementioned support, we’re very excited to establish an ongoing partnership with Wolverhampton University.
On behalf of the Race Against Blood Cancer team, a huge thank you to everyone who supported us in making this drive possible and to those who joined us on the day.