How To Register

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ – IT’S VITAL THAT YOU PROPERLY UNDERSTAND WHAT’S INVOLVED BEFORE YOU REGISTER AS A POTENTIAL BLOOD STEM CELL DONOR

Below is everything you need to know.


If you live outside the UK, please click here


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Team Margot works with all the UK organisations in the stem cell / bone marrow arena & we are reaching out to the international organisations too – we don’t mind how you choose to register, only that you do please register !

For UK registration, please read on…

There are three ways you can register as a potential stem cell / bone marrow donor in the UK, (via four organisations) – we know there’s a lot to read here ! but generally, you need to be aged between 16 and 55 years old, in general good health and have not registered as a stem cell / bone marrow donor before (it’s a one time action).

• Each organisation has slightly different criteria you need to satisfy before you can register with them. Please make sure you check the organisation’s criteria and the exclusions before registering.

• It is quite rare to be a match so it’s important that you understand the consequences of what is involved so that no one is disappointed in the event you are called to donate. On average, there’s roughly a 1 in 1,200 chance that you’ll actually be asked to donate stem cells once on the register.

• Blood stem cell registration is NOT the same as giving blood. Nor are blood donors automatically included on the stem cell register (only 15% of people who give blood are on the stem cell register).

If you’re not sure you can call either 0300 123 23 23 (British Bone Marrow Registry) or 0800 37 15 02 (Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry) and check, before you go to donate blood.

Check out the ways to register in the UK by clicking on the organisations listed below, or simply scroll down (where they are all listed).

Note: You only need to register with ONE of the four organisations listed below. Once you are on the system, all data goes onto the same UK Register, so fundamentally, it doesn’t really matter how you join the register, just as long as you do please !

• DKMS

• Anthony Nolan

• British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR)

• Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry (WBMDR)

If you have already registered with one of these organisations, you do not need to register again.

How do you actually donate ? Click here to find out.

If you have already registered and have since moved address, changed your email address or changed your name, please don’t forget to update them of your new details so that they can get in touch with you, should you be lucky enough to be a match !

Thank you.



DKMS1. DKMS

Please watch this excellent video by Delete Blood Cancer UK.

Age Criteria – You must be aged between 17 and 55 years old
Health Criteria – You need to be in general good health (check the exclusion criteria on website)
Weight Criteria – You must weigh over 7st 12 Ibs (50kg) & have a body mass index (BMI) lower than 40

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a) Go online to www.dkms.org.uk and fill in the online registration form.

b) Please select ‘Team Margot’ from the drop down box when asked ‘How did you hear about us’.

c) You will then be sent a ‘do it yourself’ swab kit in the post. Just rub the cotton bud like swabs on each cheek for 30 seconds, then pop the swabs back in the post in the return envelope.

d) That’s it ! your sample will be analysed and your data will be put on the UK register.

Thank you.

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Anthony Nolan2. ANTHONY NOLAN

Age Criteria – You must be aged between 16 and 30 years old
Health Criteria – You need to be in general good health (check the exclusion criteria on website)
Weight Criteria – you must weigh over 7st 12 Ibs (50kg) & have a body mass index (BMI) lower than 40

a) Go online to www.anthonynolan.org and fill in the online application form.

b) Please select ‘Team Margot’ from the drop down box when asked ‘What prompted you to join the register today?’

c) A ‘do it yourself’ spit kit will be sent to you in the post. All you need to do is spit into the small tube and post it back to Anthony Nolan.

d) That’s it ! Your sample will be tested and the results will be put on the UK Register.

Thank you.


 

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3. BRITISH BONE MARROW REGISTRY (BBMR)

From April 1st 2016, blood donors can only join the BBMR if they fit in to one of two groups:

  • Caucasian male donors aged 17 to 40;
  • Black, Asian or minority ethnicity donors of either gender, aged 17 to 40.
BBMR

click the image above to download your copy of this BBMR leaflet

Other Criteria – You must also be a blood donor

Health Criteria – You need to be in general good health (check the exclusion criteria on website)
Weight Criteria – You must weigh over 8 stone (51kg)

a) You must already be a blood donor so when next giving blood, inform the staff at the blood donation session that you wish to join the BBMR before your blood donation is taken.

b) An extra blood sample will be taken during your blood donation.

c) That’s it ! Your tissue type will be identified and added to the UK Registry. And it’s a ‘one-time’ event.

For further information go to :www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/bonemarrow or call the National Blood Service Donor Helpline on 0300 123 23 23. To find out more about the changes to recruiting donors to the BBMR which came into effect on 1 April 2016, click here.

Thank you.


 

WBMDR_Top4. WELSH BONE MARROW DONOR REGISTRY (WBMDR)

The check box on the Donor Health Check reads:

“I would like to give blood samples during my donation today to join the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry (WBMDR). I am aged between 17 and 30 years and have not previously joined the WBMDR.”

In summary, the eligibility criteria is as follows:

Age – You must be aged between 17 and 30 years old
Other – You must also be a blood donor
Health – You need to be in general good health (check the exclusion criteria on website)
Weight – You must weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg)

a) You must already be a blood donor so when next giving blood, inform the staff at the blood donation session that you wish to join the WBMDR before your blood donation is taken.

b) Alternatively enrol online at: https://www.welsh-blood.org.uk/enrol-online and you will be asked to give your blood sample the next time you give blood.

c) An extra blood sample will be taken during your blood donation.

d) That’s it. Your tissue type will be identified and added to the UK Registry.

For further information go to : www.welsh-blood.org.uk/giving-blood/bone-marrow-donor-registry/ or call the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry Office on FREEPHONE 0800 37 15 02.

Please watch this excellent video by the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry:

Thank you.


Outside UK – International registration:

The registration process and joining requirements differ for each country. Please click here to select your country.

 

Finally, if you wish to register but are from a country where there is no registry listed, we would very much like to hear from you.

Please email us at: info@teammargot.com


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