Whether you walk on your own, with your household, or with family and friends from afar (we’re thinking synchronised walks or a big relay!), you can organise the walk that works for you. It’s your walk, your way. Are you ready?
We’re living in strange and extraordinary times. Even though the world seems to have stopped turning, blood cancer hasn’t.
Today, five people will start their search for a stranger to save their life. Anthony Nolan finds a lifesaving match for three people every day, but there are still thousands of people waiting to find a matching donor.
Our work can’t stop because of the current coronavirus pandemic; we’re working harder than ever to keep cells moving as well as continuing to grow the stem cell register to give patients the best possible chance of finding their matching donor. this means your support is needed now more than ever.
Without you, there is no cure.
Getting involved couldn't be easier. Here's how in 5 easy steps:
1. Sign up today
As soon as you sign up, we’ll send you a pack containing everything you need to start planning your walk and a member of the team will be in touch to help get you started and answer any questions you have.
2. Pick a date and choose your route
Blood Cancer Awareness Month is September, so you can pick any day that month to hold your walk. There is also no set distance or route you need to follow so you can go for a quick stroll or spend the day striding around local sights!
3. Gather the troops
Invite your friends, family and colleagues to join you. Walking Together is always fun, but you can go solo too if you want some space and a chance to reflect.
4. Raise those lifesaving funds!
Set up your Walking Together fundraising page and share it all over your social media, and with family, friends and colleagues. Once you've received your first donation, you'll be entered into a super prize draw to win a bag of Anthony Nolan goodies!
5. Walk Together
On the day of your walk, remember you’re doing something amazing to save the lives of people with blood cancer, so shout about it! Post photos from the day on social media using #WalkingTogether and help raise more awareness.
We want you to know that each step you take and every pound you raise will help people with blood cancer. Your help could do all of this:
Lyn’s Walking Together story
‘It was a lovely day. We were all chatting and we had a purpose, I think that means something, it makes it feel special.’
Lyn’s son, Rory, was seven years old when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. A stem cell transplant from a matching stranger saved his life and now, 10 years on, their family is celebrating Rory’s promising future.
‘We had some setbacks with Rory’s transplant which felt like bombshells, but when the donor’s stem cells finally arrived… it was a bit anticlimactic! You expect a big procedure but Rory carried on playing with his Lego.
’10 years later, he’s just passed his driving test, turned 18 last month, and is at college planning his future. We don’t really celebrate anniversaries but I do think, “Look at him now!”
‘We live in quite a close-knit community so Walking Together seemed a perfect way for us to all support Anthony Nolan. I made sure it was a relatively easy route so anyone could get involved. We went through the town which was great for publicity, and along the seafront as well – you can’t really beat that, can you?
‘So many people wanted to get involved. There were some who said they couldn’t manage the whole walk so they met us halfway. Some others didn’t do the walk, but they met us along the route with packed lunches!
‘We did the walk with another family nearby whose little boy, Kyle, also had a transplant. He looked pretty tired by half way and my eldest lad offered him a piggyback, but he folded his arms and said, ‘Nope, I’m doing it, I can do it.’ And he did!
‘I was flabbergasted by how well we did with our fundraising. I originally set a target of £400, and we ended up raising three times that. It gives you that feel-good factor knowing you’re helping people and because of our personal experience, we know exactly what that help means.
‘I think once you’ve done something like this, it becomes an annual thing. I’ve had friends asking me, “Oh Lyn, what date are we doing it this year?” - and it is in the calendar now! It would be lovely to get Rory’s donor involved, we’re trying to get her over this year.
‘As a family, we’ll always be eternally grateful to Anthony Nolan. We’ll keep doing whatever we can to help raise awareness and raise money. At the end of the day, we’re all the same under the skin aren’t we?’
Kimberley’s Walking Together story
‘Fundraising has been a way of channelling my grief into something positive.’
After losing her dad in 2017 Kimberley organised her own Walking Together event, the Big Bristol Stroll, to remember him and bring people together.
‘My dad was diagnosed with leukaemia 10 years ago and his prognosis was really bad, they gave him six weeks to live. Then he had a bone marrow transplant. and because of that donor, he went on to live another full, happy and healthy 10 years, which he obviously wouldn’t have had.’
‘In 2017 his leukaemia came back and this time it was more aggressive and sadly he lost his battle. My family and I will be forever grateful to Anthony Nolan, as without them we wouldn’t have had the extra time with him.’
‘A few months later I received an email about Walking Together, saying ‘would you like to do something’ and I love fundraising. So I got on board and decided to organise a walk in Bristol.’
‘I think it appealed to me because there was so much flexibility which was nice. You weren’t expected to move mountains, even if you just walk around the park,
‘There was just a real sense that it was more about bringing people together for something that’s important.’
‘I found that organising this event was a great way to encourage a community to come together. It really was a wonderful day.’
‘Everyone will have their own personal reason for supporting Anthony Nolan, mine is because they gave me and my family 10 extra years with my dad.’
Walking Together community
People all over the country are taking on lifesaving walks. This map shows the community of amazing people who are taking on their walk, their way, this Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, and all over the country people are Walking Together, Saving Lives. This is your chance to be part of it!