Bobby in hospital


Bobby was an active, fun-loving little boy who loved to swim and play football with his friends until he received a devastating blood cancer diagnosis. Bobby, from Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in May 2022.

After chemotherapy failed to cure the cancer, in November 2022 Bobby’s family took him to Newcastle to undergo innovative CAR-T therapy. Heartbreakingly, though, in February 2023 doctors found that the treatment had not worked, and that if his cancer returns it will be extremely hard to treat. Now, his doctors say that a stem cell transplant is his only chance of a cure.


If you’re aged 16-30 you can give Bobby, and others like him, hope for a second chance of life by joining the stem cell register.

Finding out Bobby has blood cancer has thrown our world out of balance. We were so happy that the CAR-T treatment had worked initially, but hearing that it had left Bobby’s body too early was devastating.

No one deserves this, especially not an eight-year-old. If you’re able to sign up, please consider becoming a stem cell donor to give people like Bobby a second chance. If you have the opportunity to potentially save a life, take it.

Melissa, Bobby's older sister

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£15 goes a long way to helping our scientists conduct ground-breaking research that will save lives over the next 50 years.

£40 could sign up a new lifesaving stem cell donor who could go on to save a life like Bobby's.

£90 could pay for three hours of invaluable support from a post-transplant nurse for patients and families.

A gift of £5 a month helps build a stem cell register that gives everyone the best chance of survival.

A gift of £10 a month helps lifesaving transplants to happen – giving as many people like Bobby as possible a second chance of life.

A gift of £15 a month could help pay for our umbilical cord collection programme – making little lifesavers of babies only minutes old!