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Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. For many of those affected, a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor represents their best, and sometimes only, chance of beating this devastating disease. Despite being treatable and potentially curable, blood cancer today remains the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the…

About us

DKMS is a charity dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders. We raise awareness, recruit blood stem cell donors to the register and raise funds to help give more people with blood cancer a second chance of life. We also support patients from day one of their diagnosis, as well as their families and friends who often wish to organise events to encourage more people to join the register. This is a really positive way to get involved, and help to rally community support and provide hope at a time when it’s so needed.

About the role

Donor drive volunteers support donor recruitment events to increase the pool of registered stem cell donors. The more people who join the register, the more lives we can save. Someone is diagnosed in the UK every 20 minutes and every 45 minutes blood cancer takes a life in the UK. For many blood cancer patients, a stem cell donation is their only chance of survival, but only 60% of people diagnosed in the UK find a matching stem cell donor. By assisting at a donor drive, you are supporting us to increase the pool of registered stem cell donors and therefore increasing the chances of someone with blood cancer being given a second chance of life.

Time commitment

This role is on an ad-hoc basis depending on the time and date of the Donor Registration
events taking place, which includes weekends and evenings, but the hours are flexible and
negotiable to suit the volunteer. We will contact you in plenty of time to check your availability
on upcoming events.
Application deadline
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
Hand sanitisers provided, events in line with government policies and procedures on COVID-19.

UCL Departments

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.