This Blood Cancer Awareness Month, September 2018, head out on a walk that will save the lives of people with blood cancer.
Join people across the country Walking Together with your own sponsored walk to raise lifesaving funds for Anthony Nolan.
Every day, five people start searching for a stranger to save their life. Anthony Nolan is the charity that finds them matching stem cell donors, and gives them a second chance of life.
By Walking Together, you will be Saving Lives. Get in touch now to order your free Walking Together pack, and we’ll be there to help every step of the way.
How to get involved
Organising your walk couldn’t be easier. Whether you’re striding up a mountain or strolling round the park, follow these simple steps to success:
1. Sign up and receive your Walking Together pack
Your pack contains everything you need to start planning your walk including a how-to-guide, fundraising ideas and plenty of kit to help advertise your walk.
2. Pick a date and plan your route
Blood Cancer Awareness Month is in September, so you’ll be joining a community across the country Walking Together. Plan ahead to make sure everyone keeps their calendar free, decide on the distance and set your location – there are loads of walking routes online to choose from!
3. Gather the troops
Invite your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to take part. Walking Together is always more fun, so ask the world to come! Make sure you give anyone who can’t make it the chance to support you too.
4. Set up a team fundraising page
Those who walk together, raise more together! By setting up a team page, you can invite your friends and family to join your team and fundraise together.
5. Walk together
Rain or shine, you’re doing something amazing to save the lives of people with blood cancer. Share your highlights and photos from the day on social media using #WalkingTogether.
‘Walking Together is a marvellous way of keeping the memories of both of my children firmly alive.’
- Judith Patten, Jo and Charlie’s mum
‘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