INTRODUCTION TO ACLT
ACLT is an independent charity based in the UK which strives to increase the number of ethnic minorities on the UK stem cell (bone marrow), blood and organ donor registers. We exist to provide a lifeline to those living with blood cancer or other illnesses where a transplant is required to save a life.
Who We Are
ACLT is a 30+ times award winning leading British blood cancer charity, founded in 1996 by Beverley De-Gale, OBE and myself Orin Lewis, OBE, 3 years after receiving the devastating news that our 6 year old son Daniel De-Gale needed a life-saving stem cell transplant in order to win his 6 year battle against acute leukaemia.
In 1999 Daniel became the first black individual in the UK to receive a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor. As a direct result of the transplant and the regular blood transfusions he received, Daniel lived a happy life, finally free from blood cancer for several years. However in October 2008, Daniel was taken from us at the age of 21 as a result of multiple organ failure. This was due to complications with his health having received too many years of toxicity from chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments whilst waiting for a matching donor to be found.
After Daniel passed away we made a conscious decision to continue the work of ACLT, keeping Daniel’s legacy alive and saving many more lives in his name.
The charity’s underlying ethos is to educate communities across the UK by raising awareness about stem cell, blood and organ donation.