INTRODUCTION TO ACLT
“ACLT is a charity committed to helping provide hope to patients living with blood cancer and other illnesses where a matched donor (stem cell, blood or organ) is required to save a life. Our work is driven by a belief that no one should die waiting for a donor to become available.
Through our work, we improve odds of finding matches by registering potential donors on mass from all ethnicities, with a focus on donors from the African and Caribbean communities. This is due to an extreme shortage of African and Caribbean potential donors, signed to all three donor registries.
ACLT also provide support and advice to patients and their families, from diagnosis, throughout treatment, recovery and sadly (in some cases), while supporting the patient and family during ‘end of life,’ – where treatments have not been successful.”
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.