An unrelated matched stem cell donor has been found for the 5 – year-old!

An unrelated matched stem cell donor has been found for 5 year old Tommy Simpson, from the #Match4Tommy campaign!

Tommy was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in January 2016. His parents Maxine and Nigel launched an appeal with ACLT to find him a stem cell (bone marrow) donor to help save his life.

Tommy is of white (British) and black (Caribbean) heritage, so the odds of finding a donor were already stacked high, due to lack of black and mixed heritage donors on the UK stem cell register.

Since Tommy’s diagnosis and throughout the search to find him a matched donor, he’s been receiving treatment and is responding well. Should Tommy relapse, his lifeline (a matched stem cell donor) is there waiting, and this is down to all of YOU who heard the appeal, shared his appeal and joined the stem cell register. Thank you.

Maxine Francis, Tommy’s Mum, said:

“It means many things to Tommy’s dad and me, to know our son has a matched stem cell donor. It means in the event of Tommy ever requiring a stem cell transplant; there would be no long agonising wait to find a match for our beautiful son. It means we can move forward, knowing, we have done EVERYTHING to make sure that whatever happens in the future, our son has all systems in place.  It means peace of mind.”

“Thank you to everyone who helped make this a reality for our small family. We couldn’t have got this far without your help. If you are aged between 16 and 55, please join the stem cell register.  For details on how to join, please visit or call 0203 757 7700.”



“Before you click off, I am happy to also share with you I am running the London Marathon this year, to raise much-needed funds for the fantastic ACLT. ACLT supported my family and me throughout Tommy’s illness, and I want to raise as much funds as possible for them, to enable them to assist much more families in need with their lifesaving work.

Please support my efforts by donating to my FUNDRAISING PAGE