Registration drives

General Notice:

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

In March 2020 the UK Government advised against all unnecessary travel and social interaction. The health, safety and wellbeing of the patients we assist, our staff and Ambassadors (volunteers) are a priority at ACLT and because of the nature of our activities we took the decision to postpone any scheduled donor drive events from Tuesday 17th March 2020. This decision was not taken lightly, especially due to the nature of our lifesaving work.

We have since created our own online digital content in the form of a promo video all about saving lives and how to save a life. We are also now taking part in Webinar type conference engagements to help us when engaging with schools, colleges, universities, corporate organisations, government bodies, churches who wish to work with ACLT to help spread our message about saving lives

Individuals can still sign up online to join the stem cell, blood, living kidney and deceased organ donor registers.

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 info@aclt.org.

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 has changed life as we know it in the UK for the foreseeable future. In light of this we 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.

What is a registration drive?

When there is an opportunity to address large audiences via an online platform, we can use your platform to educate and raise awareness on the challenges individuals face living with blood cancer and other illnesses where a stem cell, blood or organ donor is required to save their lives.

Attendees at ACLT donor registration drives have the opportunity to join all three donor registers: blood, organ (living and deceased) and stem cell (bone marrow).

2019-2020 Registration drive results

Type of Donor  No. of individuals registered
 Potential Stem Cell Donors  1705
 Blood Donors  790
 Organ Donors  502

In (2019-2020) ACLT attended nearly 160+ fundraisers and awareness events, with many providing ACLT the opportunity to host donor registration drives. We’ve worked with universities, colleges, schools, churches, corporate organisations, music concerts, theatre nights, comedy shows. We worked in conjunction with the Corporate, KickOff@3, MET Police at the Notting Hill Carnival, Black Police Association, Lambeth Country Show, Religious Sector, Schools, Colleges, Universities and many other groups and organisations.

In 2019-2020 we saved 21 lives through matching unrelated stem cell donors and we know many more have been saved through those who registered to become blood donors, organ donors and living organ donors.

2021 Internal Donor Registration drives

Wednesday 17th March, Time: 2pm – 3pm. London Borough of Sutton – BAME Staff Network. THIS IS A WEBINAR EVENT

Wednesday 24th March, Time: 12pm. Deloitte LLP THIS IS A WEBINAR EVENT

Wednesday 20th October, Time: 10am – 4pm. Shooters Hill 6th Form Campus, Red Lion Lane, London SE18 4LD

Friday 26th – Sunday 28th November, Time: 10am – 4pm. 3Ness Fitness Weekend – Wokefield Estate, Reading RG7 3AE

Date and Time TBC Arbishop Tenison’s School, Selborne Road, Park Hill, Croydon CR0 5JQ

Date and Time TBC Bishop Thomas Grant School – Belltrees Grove, London, Streatham SW16 2HY

Date and Time TBC Barclaycard Barclays, Level 13, 1 Churchill Place, London, E14 5HP

How we register donors

There are a number of ways we register potential donors at drives.

Blood donation

You will be asked to complete a brief blood donation application form. ACLT will send the completed form back to NHS Blood & Transplant on your behalf. At a later date you will receive (in the post) a letter from NHS Blood & Transplant inviting you to call them on +44 (0) 300 123 23 23 to book an appointment to donate blood at a blood donor centre at a convenient location close to your home, place of work or education establishment.

For more information, see our blood donation page.

Organs (deceased)

Deceased organ donation in England has changed to an opt out system.

It’s still for you to decide whether or not you want to become an organ donor.

The NHS Organ Transplant team will always ask your family to support your decision. So whatever you choose, it’s really important that you let them know.

How does the opt out system work?

The opt out system works on the understanding that all adults agree to become organ donors when they die, unless they have made it known that they do not wish to donate.

For more information, see our organ donation page.

Organs (living)

The majority of living organ donations are kidney transplants. Unlike many other organs, we only need one kidney to survive, so these transfers can be done while the donor is alive.

The UK’s living donation register has an extremely low number of BAME donors: one that is disproportionate to the number of people in need. Only 17 people from the Black community came forward as a donors last year. Right now, if your kidneys fail and you are Black, you’ll wait on average three years for a new one.

At our drives, individuals interested in registering will be asked for a few details, which we’ll use to follow up with them at a later date.

For more information on signing up, see our organ donation page.

Stem cell donation

There are three ways you can join the stem cell register.

By providing 2 cheek swabs (via Anthony Nolan)
By providing 3 cheek swabs (via DKMS)
By providing a small blood sample via NHS Blood & Transplant – British Bone Marrow Register (via BBMR)

For more information, see our stem cell donation page.

Registration outside of drives

We also welcome single signups in person. To do this, just give us a ring on +44 (0) 203 757 7700 or email on info@aclt.org and we’ll arrange a time to talk things through. We can accommodate office appointments from Monday to Friday, 10am till 4pm.

If you’re not ready to make a decision, you can request more information is sent to you by signing up to our Interested Register. For more information, see our donations pages: blood, deceased organ donation, living organ donation, or stem cell donation.