The ACLT was established in June 1996 by Beverley De-Gale and Orin Lewis,

the parents of Daniel ‘Playzo’ De-Gale

The-De-GalesWhen the charity was initially set up, Daniel had already been suffering from Leukaemia for 3 years. Daniel’s parents were informed that his only hope of survival was to receive a bone marrow transplant. Due to the fact that bone marrow contains racially specific characteristics, the compatible donor for Daniel could only be found within the black or mixed race population. At the time when the shattering news was revealed, there were just 550 black or mixed race people on the UK bone marrow registers. The Consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital who was responsible for Daniel informed the parents that there was just an approx. 1 in 250,000 chance of Daniel finding a compatible donor

Daniel De-Gale is our inspiration

Daniel finally won his battle against Leukaemia when on 16th June 1999 at the age of 12 he received a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated American donor, Doreene Carney, at Great Ormond Street Hospital. This enabled Daniel to live a full and fruitful life including successfully passing his exams at school and University

Daniel was in full remission and free of Cancer, but due to complications with his health that led to multiple organ failure he died aged 21 on the 8th October 2008 in hospital surrounded by his family

The awareness goes on

The charity raises awareness which enables potential donors to come forward at the ACLT registration drives to be involved in the process of offering hope and a healthy future to someone whose disorder may otherwise prove fatal. The ACLT has raised the numbers of potential Black/Mixed Race donors from 550 to approx. to over 40,000 and many lives have been saved in the process

What is Bone Marrow?

Bone marrow is a spongy tissue found within bones. All blood cells are produced within the marrow

To sustain the necessary levels of blood cells the bone marrow of an adult must produce about 3,000,000 red blood cells and 120,000 white blood cells every second. All these cells originate from a small population of stem cells. Less than one in 5,000 of the marrow cells is a stem cell

Many sufferers and their families contact the ACLT from the UK and around the world asking for  assistance to raise awareness and recruit potential donors in an attempt to find suitable donors

Unfortunately, 24,000 sufferers require life saving bone marrow transplants at any one time

What is Blood Donation?

Giving blood is quick, easy and most importantly, it saves lives. To donate blood you must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 7st 12lbs (50kg). You can donate blood once every 16 weeks (3 times a year) for ladies and once every 12 weeks (4 times a year) for men and each time you donate this equates to 475 mls of blood

Every minute of every day someone somewhere needs blood for life saving treatment. Shockingly, just 1% of current blood donors are Black. Yet we rely on blood for many things e.g. treatment of cancers, transfusions for Sickle Cell disorder patients, child birth, major surgery and life threatening conditions. Giving Blood is one way of giving a little to do a lot

What is Organ Donation?

Organ donation is one of the easiest forms of donating and improves the quality of life of renal patients, end-stage heart and liver failure, etc. However there is a serious lack of awareness in the black and ethnic minority community of the greater success with ethnic matching between patients and donors

Organs and tissues are removed in procedures similar to surgery. People of all ages may be organ and tissue donors. There are 17 million potential donors on the UK organ registry. Of those just 1.5% are Asian and a pitiful 0.4% are from the black community

There are currently 600 black people awaiting an organ transplant. Black people are 3 times more likely to need a kidney transplant than a white British person and Asians are 3 to 4 times more likely to need a organ transplant than a white British person

In this country each year 1000 people (that’s 3 persons per day) die awaiting an organ transplant

Our goal is to generate a collective awareness about the importance of organ donation so that, hopefully, everyone who does want to donate will. We are raising the dialogue about organ donation and ensuring that we can talk to our loved ones about the possibility of becoming a donor

Help us to save more lives

The long term aim of the ACLT is to educate and raise awareness about the importance of registering as potential bone marrow donors, blood and organ donation. Our work will enable worldwide donor searches on behalf of Black, Mixed Race and Ethnic Minority patients. Funds raised will enable us to:

• Continue the essential groundbreaking raising awareness and recruitment drive programmes

• Marketing and PR advertising campaigns via Radio/TV/Print Media and all other media outlets

• Help pay for future Bone Marrow, Blood and organ donation recruitment drives in association with the Anthony Nolan & National Blood Service

• To raise awareness and recruit life savers at schools, colleges, universities, corporate organisations, government offices, community groups etc

• The costs of presentations and filmed DVD footage promoting our life saving work

• Attending conferences and seminars to address large audiences

• Fronting Media Campaigns to raise awareness about Appeals on behalf of patients in the UK and overseas

Charity Number 1119516 Company Number 04956925

Beverley De Gale OBE and Orin Lewis OBE – Co Founders of the ACLT