September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, and all over the country people are Walking Together, Saving Lives. Now’s your chance to join in!
Today, five people will start their search for a stranger to save their life. By taking on a sponsored walk, your fundraising will add new donors to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register, find more matches for people with blood cancer, and give more people a second chance of life.
Anthony Nolan is the charity that finds those matching donors. But we can’t do it without you. Without you, there is no cure.
Order your pack today and join people across the country Walking Together with your own sponsored walk to save lives.
Watch Kimberley's Walking Together Story
Take a look below for more details about Walking Together.
Getting involved couldn’t be easier. Here’s how in five 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 more fun, so the more the merrier. Make sure you give anyone who can’t make it the chance to support you too…
4. Raise those livesaving funds! Set up your Walking Together fundraising page and start sharing it straight away. As soon as you receive your first donation to your page, we’ll send you an exclusive Walking Together t-shirt for you to personalise – see the lifesaving materials tab for details. If you raise £200 before 1st September, you’ll be entered into a super prize draw!
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 enjoy it! Post photos from the day on social media using #WalkingTogether and help raise more awareness.
Every step you take and pound you raise will help people with blood cancer. Your help could do all of this:
The money you raise can help find lifesaving donors for more waiting patients - and make sure no one faces their transplant journey alone.
As soon as you sign up, we’ll send you a pack containing everything you need to start planning your walk. It includes:
- A how-to guide
- Walking Together poster
- Motivation sheets
- Collection box
Get your exclusive Walking Together T-shirt
As soon as you receive your first donation, we’ll send you your very own exclusive Walking Together t-shirt to wear with pride. There’s even space to personalise it if you want to share your motivation for Walking Together. So, if you want to dedicate your walk to a person, goal or an anniversary – we’ve got you covered.
Post a selfie of you wearing your masterpiece and say why you are #WalkingTogether to raise awareness about blood cancer.
Gabhan’s Walking Together story
‘I remember being in hospital thinking I’d never be on that mountain again’
After finding out a stem cell transplant was the only option to treat his acute myeloid leukaemia, Gabhan is now in recovery thanks to donor found by Anthony Nolan.
‘I was delighted when they told me a had a match. We got a call to come in and they said we’ve found you a donor. Myself and my wife were absolutely over the moon. To get a match was overwhelming.
‘I’d completed some walks previously to Walking Together but when I saw the opportunity to fundraise for Anthony Nolan, the main thing for me was wanting to help other people going through this.
‘50 people did the walk and we all did fundraising around our home town, as well as setting up a fundraising page. We climbed Ulster’s highest mountain. It was one of the most enjoyable days I’ve ever had.
‘A year and a half on from my transplant, I’m doing very well.’
‘I feel very lucky. I found out the rate of people who don’t find a match and that’s when it hit home for me. I realised how lucky I was.
‘Stem cell transplants, for me, it’s something that saved my life. I could not have thanked them [my donor] enough for what they have done. They have prolonged my life, they’ve prolonged my life as a father to two children, as a partner.’
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.’
Be part of something bigger
See where other walks are taking place across the UK and who the top fundraisers are.