Here at E2E the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust better know as the ACLT, is a charity close to our hearts.
About The Charity
The ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) is a leading Cancer charity dedicated to raising the awareness of the shortage of Black and Ethnic Minorities donors on the UK Bone Marrow, Blood and Organ registers.
The ACLT was established in 1996 by Beverley De-Gale and Orin Lewis, the parents of former Leukaemia sufferer Daniel De-Gale, and recruits potential Black and Ethnic Minority donors to come forward at ACLT registration drives and be involved in the process of offering hope and a healthy future to someone whose disorder may otherwise prove fatal. Finding a Bone Marrow match is greater if the donor is from the same racial background.
Beverley De-Gale was awarded with an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) on June 11th 2011 in the Queen’s Birthday 2011 Honours List by the Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary in recognition for services to Healthcare. She states:
A patient in need of a transplant is more likely to discover a suitable donor amongst groups of people who share a similar genetic history to them. In practice, this means that an African-Caribbean patient, for example, has the greatest opportunity of finding a donor within his or her own ethnic community. We hope Saturday’s registration drive will have a high level of attendance from potential donors.
For more information on how to become a Bone Marrow, Blood and Organ donor please visit The ACLT’s website, and follow them online.
Registering with the ACLT
To register as a blood donor you must be aged 17-65. Once you have donated blood (475 mls) for the 1st time and are able to donate blood on a regular basis you will be able to donate blood until the day you die.
Important dates to add to your calendar
ACLT Family Fun Day – Sunday 17th August – OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC | Time: 12pm – 6pm
ACLT in Association with Fairweather Productions
Can’t make the drive dates?
Alternatively, if you wish to register as a donor but can’t attended any of the above dates, you can visit their office in Central Croydon; anytime between 10.30am and 4.30pm.
7A Rathbone Square
I was living life very happily enjoying my youth, just like every other young person in my generation. Life was going very well with me winning award after award which lead to gaining exposure in newspapers and on television shows. I was well over the moon but during December I got given the worse news of my life, which was my diagnoses. When doctors told me I was shattered.
He is currently undergoing a 3 year course of chemotherapy but consultants at Tooting’s St. Georges Hospital are worried that he may need an unrelated bone marrow donor to save his life.
The ACLT Charity are hosting their annual bone marrow and blood recruitment session at Choice FM Studios (Global Radio) in Leicester Square on Saturday the 2nd June, between 11am till 4pm.
The hope is to find Dennis a matching donor. Although this is an appeal on behalf of Dennis we want members of the general public to come along on the 2nd June to see if they could match anyone of any ethnicity awaiting a life saving donor.
Dennis has siblings but they unfortunately do not have the same matching bone marrow tissue. He is of Ghanaian descent and sadly there is a lack of awareness in the black and ethnic minority community and therefore a lack of donors.
At the present the ACLT have far too many people on their books awaiting matches. If you come down in June you won’t be just potentially helping Dennis find a matching donor, but you could be helping people currently on the waiting list and those in the future. It will make a life saving difference to so many patients and their loved ones. Dennis adds,
My point is it could happen to anyone of us so please come down and register you never know who would need you to save them.
So please tell a friend to tell a friend to come down to Choice FM on June 2nd to help Dennis and many others that are waiting for a bone marrow match.
For more information about Lukemia and on how to become a Bone Marrow, Blood and Organ donor please visit The ACLT’s website.