The #PassItOnLeicester campaign, which will run throughout September to mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month, will see every corner of the Leicester and Leicestershire community uniting to save lives.
31 companies and community groups will team up with the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign to host donor recruitment drives and awareness events, one on each day of the month, to pass on the vital and lifesaving message that it’s easy to donate your stem cells.
In 2011, Rik Basra got some devastating news. The acute myeloid leukaemia he had beaten two years previously had returned. Chemotherapy had worked before, but not now, this time, he would need a bone marrow transplant.
There was even more bad news for Rik, a police inspector from Leicester.
Since he was Asian, he only had a 40% chance of finding a match; this is because there simply aren’t enough Asian people on the Anthony Nolan register.
Anthony Nolan couldn’t find a donor for Rik in the UK. But after a worldwide search, we eventually found one in Germany.
Rik had his transplant on Christmas Eve 2011, and has now recovered.
Since then, he’s set up the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign to raise awareness about stem cell donation and recruit new donors to the Anthony Nolan register, year after year.
Pass It On Leicester is Rik’s most ambitious campaign yet.
Rik and Kas Basra with the #PassItOnLeicester flag
Jack Grieves signed up to the Anthony Nolan register in 2013 at the Rik Basra Leukaemia campaign event at Regent College, Leicester. Jack went on to donate in May this year and gave a complete stranger the chance of life.
Now he’s supporting the Pass It On campaign as a Leicester lifesaver.
‘I would like to thank for the Basra’s for bringing stem cell donation to my attention, and letting me know how easy it is. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be on the register and wouldn’t have had the unique opportunity to save a stranger’s life.’
‘It’s such an easy, pain-free process; it was just like giving blood. In fact, the worst bit was the boredom!’
‘I would encourage all the young people in Leicester to go down to one of the events and sign up. All you have to do is fill out a form and spit in a tube – it takes five minutes. And who knows? You could save a life like I did.’
|Tuesday 1st Sept||8am to 5.30pm||Leicestershire Police|
|Wednesday 2nd Sept||8am to 5.30pm||BBC Radio Leicester|
|Thursday 3rd Sept||12pm to 3pm||Leicester Mercury|
|Friday 4th Sept||12pm to 3pm||George of Asda|
|Saturday 5th Sept||12.30pm to 4pm||Leicester Hockey Club|
|Sunday 6th Sept||11am to 5pm||Sabras Radio|
|Monday 7th Sept||9am to 5pm||East Midland Trains|
|Tuesday 8th Sept||1pm to 7pm||The Curve Theatre|
|Wed 9th Sept||12pm to 3pm||NHS Blood & Transplant|
|Thursday 10th Sept||11am to 3pm||Leicester City Council|
|Friday 11th Sept||12pm to 3pm||Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO)|
|Saturday 12th Sept||10am to 4pm||Leicester Cathedral|
|Sunday 13th Sept||11am to 4pm||East Midland Ambulance Service|
|Monday 14th Sept||10am to 6pm||Leicestershire County Cricket|
|Tuesday 15th Sept||10am to 5pm||Highcross Shopping Centre|
|Wednesday 16th Sept||11am to 4pm||Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service|
|Wednesday 16th Sept||4.30pm to 7.30pm||Leicester Progressive Synagogue|
|Thursday 17th Sept||8.30am to 2.30pm||Next|
|Friday 18th Sept||10am to 3pm||St Paul’s Catholic School|
|Saturday 19th Sept||9am to 4pm||Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 20th Sept||10am to 3pm||GTB Gurdwara - Community Centre|
|Monday 21st Sept||8am to 2.30pm||Fosse Business Breakfast Club|
|Wednesday 23rd Sept||10am to 5pm||Girlguiding Leicestershire|
|Thursday 24th Sept||10am to 5pm||The University of Leicester|
|Friday 25th Sept||10.30 to 2.30pm||Beauchamp College|
|Saturday 26th Sept||2pm to 6pm||Leicester City Football Club: Leicester v Arsenal - 12.45pm|
|Saturday 26th Sept||4pm to 7.30pm||Leicester Riders - 7pm|
|Sunday 27th Sept||10am to 3pm||Leicester Royal Infirmary|
|Monday 28th Sept||10am to 2pm||Wyggeston Queen Elizabeth 1st College|
|Tuesday 29th Sept||10am to 2pm||
|Wednesday 30th Sept||8am to 2.30pm||De Montfort University|
Find out more about what being a Leicester lifesaver involves at www.anthonynolan.org/register
Don’t forget to spread the word by using the hashtag #PassItOnLeicester