In its first year, Walking Together saw an incredible response from people heading out on walks to save the lives of people with blood cancer. Those who took part raised over £30,000 – enough to add 750 donors to the stem cell register!
Now you can save lives by being part of Walking Together 2019! Simply register your interest by completing this short form and you’ll be first to know when it launches.
Walking Together 2019
To get involved you simply need to arrange a sponsored walk, perhaps with some friends and family, during Blood Cancer Awareness Month (September). You can choose any location or distance you want, whatever works for you and of course you will get plenty of support from the fundraising team who will be here to help you every step of the way.
For every £40 you raise you will add another donor to the stem cell register who could be the important perfect match for someone facing blood cancer.
Quite simply by Walking Together, you will be saving lives.
Walking Together 2018
Here’s just a couple of people’s stories who took part last year.
‘To me, Anthony Nolan saves lives every single day.’
Kimberley organised the Big Bristol Stroll for Walking Together 2018 and raised over £1,500. She arranged the walk in memory of her dad, Jim, who died the previous year after being diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia 10 years ago. With the help of Anthony Nolan, a match was found for Jim and his transplant allowed him to spend more time with his family.
‘My walk was a great way of getting family and friends together for an amazing cause and a lovely way to raise money and awareness for a great charity.’
‘We walked a loop around some of Bristol best sights. The day was really lovely and sunny and I had amazing support from friends and family - it was easy to organise, you don't have to walk miles!’
‘Walking Together is a marvellous way of keeping the memories of both of my children firmly alive.’
- Judith Patten, Jo and Charlie’s mum
The walk for Jo & Charlie raised over £4,000 in 2018, enough to add 100 new donors to the stem cell register.
‘Every year, family and friends head out on a walk to remember both my children – Jo, who died in 2011 when she was 41, and her younger brother Charlie, who died in 2015 when he was 39.
‘Charlie, who worked as a sports journalist with the BBC, was diagnosed with leukaemia in early 2008 and was told he would need a bone marrow transplant. His big sister Jo was devastated not to be a match for him – she’d always been there for him.’
Anthony Nolan began searching for a matching donor for Charlie in 2009, and Jo became a passionate supporter of the charity, including volunteering her time. When Jo tragically died in 2011 from an unrelated cause, it hit everyone hard.
‘It was devastating not only for us, but for her friends and two of them – Gideon and Nick - determined that “something” should happen with her legacy, so organised an annual walk in memory of Jo.’
This walk became even more meaningful when Charlie died in early 2015, after experiencing severe side effects after his two transplants. Family and friends decided they were now walking for them both.
‘Over the years, we’ve now got a group of about 60 people who get together and spend the day wandering through London, chatting, having fun and raising money for Anthony Nolan. Walking Together is a marvellous way of keeping the memories of both of my children firmly alive.’
'Walk Together and raise money for a fantastic cause. It's a great way of spending the day.' - Nick, who along with Gideon, organises the walks in memory of Jo and Charlie