Working with blood cancer charity African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), we are urging more black and mixed race people to sign up to become stem cell, blood and organ donors.
The #ImOnIt campaign film is supported by stars from the UK’s music and entertainment industry; including Alesha Dixon (Britain’s Got Talent), Richard Blackwood (Eastenders), Chizzy Akudolu (Holby City), Ashley Walters (Top Boy) and Jovian Wade (Eastenders).
The film below features a poem written by Mark Thompson about his wife Sarah who survived leukaemia, focusing on the gift of life his wife received by having a stem cell transplant, ten years ago.
Get involved - become a blood, stem cell and organ donor
You currently have to sign up separately for organ and blood donation.
Register to become a blood donor today - Some rare blood types are more common among black communities and donations are used to treat blood disorders, such as Sickle Cell Disease, which are more likely to affect the black community. Register today to give blood.
Join the stem cell register - If you are from a black or mixed race background and need a stem cell transplant your chances of finding a match could be as little as 20% or even lower (compared to 60-90% for caucasian patients). We are looking for black donors aged 17-40 years old. You can join when you give blood, where we will just take an extra sample from you to identify your tissue type. Please mention that you would like to join the stem cell register when you arrive to give blood to the registration desk. Find out more about joining the stem cell register.
Organ donor register - Black people in need of a kidney transplant spend longer waiting for an organ and far too many die before receiving the transplant they so desperately need. Blood and tissue types need to match for a successful transplant and organs from people from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a close match. Sign the organ donor register today and tell your friends and family about your decision to help save lives in the future.
Alternatively, call us on 0300 123 23 23.