UPDATED: Tuesday 17th March 2020

Statement from ACLT Chief Executive and co-founder, Orin Lewis, OBE

“Amid the developing coronavirus situation, I wanted to take the time to reassure you of the actions ACLT are taking as a responsible blood cancer charity.

Yesterday, the UK Government advised against all unnecessary travel and social interaction. The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers is a priority at ACLT and because of the nature of these activities we have therefore taken the decision to postpone any scheduled donor drive events from today (Tuesday 17th March).

This decision was not taken lightly, especially due to the nature of our lifesaving work, however due to the current climate we feel this is the right course of action to safeguard members of the public, ACLT volunteers and staff.

We will continue to review the government guidelines, updating you all on when donor registration drives and awareness events will be resumed.

Individuals can still sign up to join all three donor registers, please visit for more information. Should you wish to discuss supporting the work of ACLT you can still contact us by calling 020 3757 7700 or sending an email to

Thank you for your continued support. Without it we wouldn’t be able to give those living with blood cancer and other illnesses where a lifesaving transplant is required, a second chance at life.

Coronavirus is to change life as we know it in the UK for the following weeks and months. In light of this I urge you all to follow the guidelines provided by the government and to keep yourself and loved ones safe – as well as providing any support you can for vulnerable members in your local community.”