More Events 'In-The-Pipeline'...details will be posted soon!
Leicestershire County Council
We will be at County Hall Glenfield Leicestershire to sign-up eligable members of staff to the Anthony Nolan register, we'll be posting more details soon and photographs following the event. A big thanks to John Sinnott the Chief Executive and to County Councillor Joe Orson for their immense support. We're sure it is going to be a great day.
Loughborough University & Loughborough Students Union
We're busy planning a big event with Loughborough University, Loughborough Students Union and the university's Marrow Society. We'll post more details soon!
Uppingham School, Rutland
We'll be at Uppingham schools 'Health Day'. Looks like a lovely venue, we have a stall along with other health charities and hope to sign up many lifesavers to the register.
Regent College, Regent Road, Leicester
We were once again at Regent College to sign up lifesavers... always a great day, big thanks to the principle Paul Wilson for hosting us and to Aaron Winterton and her students for helping make it all happen on the day, not forgetting of course the support from DeMontfort University's 'DMU Local' volunteers, they were all amazing!
Take a look at some pictures from the event below...
Leicester City Football Club Community Trust #FoxesFightingBloodCancer
We teamed up with the Champions of England! Leicester City Football Club to kick out cancer... with LCFC Community Trust and our old friends at De Montfort University (DMU Local)
We held a 5-a-side football tournament at Goals Waverley Road Leicester and signed-up many stem cell donors too. We had a great time, a very big thanks to Ish, James and there wonderful LCFC Community Trust Team for all their hard work in putting it together.
Tournament winners: for the adults it was the Spinney Hill Leicestershire Police Team and for the Juniors QPR... well done to both.
Last but not least a big thanks to Jess and her DMU Local volunteers (De Montfort University) for their immense help in signing up potential donors.
Take a look at some of the pictures from the day...
University of Leicester's Heroes Day!
We partnered up with The University of Leicester to hold a 'Heroes Day' to celebrate the many unsung heroes who do such tremendous work locally.
Also taking part in the drive were four local colleges...
Beauchamp College in Oadby, Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth College in Leicester, Gateway College in Hamilton, Leicester and last but not least Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough Leicestershire...
You can see pictures from these events on separate pages dedicated to each college/academy event!
The University of Leicester had a large marquee set up in the middle of the University campus, there were lots of fun things to do, music entertainment food and drink... oh and we were there signing up hundreds of prospective donors to the register! we'll post pictures from the event soon...
But thats not all!
We were also looking for real heroes (in addition to all those that signed up of course)
We scoured Leicestershire looking for unsung heroes to receive a University of Leicester, Leicester Hero Award and be treated to a VIP lunch.
A ‘Leicester Hero’ is someone who has enriched the lives of others, has shown dedication and selflessness, has made a special and significant impact on an individual, families, or the community at large and has gone 'above and beyond' to serve and inspire others.
We had a panel of judges who worked hard to whittle nominates down to six Heroes. The chosen heroes were presented with their awards on event day and treated to a three-course fantastic lunch alongside other special VIPs. It was a brilliant day. Pictures coming soon...
Have a read the press release here...
We also had a VIP Dinner for our fantastic local heroes...
LJCC Construction Awards 2016
We were invited by the LJCC to their construction awards at College court Leicester... Rik gave a talk at the awards, the extremely generous attendees raised funds for the charity and we even signed up a lifesaver! Kate Fry (bottom picture) is pictured below between Rik and England Leicester Tigers Rugby legend Leon Lloyd. Leon wooed the audience with his tremendously insightful and humorous rugby anecdotes, and what an extremely nice man too...
Big thanks to Andrew Oldershaw (middle left) and his hard working team for making us feel so welcome.
LLS 'Strictly Phantom' Masquerade Ball
Leicestershire Law Society (LLS) held their annual awards in May. As one of their chosen charities we were there, but the evening had a twist. Rik together with nine other lawyers from the LLS had been taking dancing lessons and had been training hard for weeks before. An equal number of professional dancers teamed up with amateur partners and coached them to perform for the 400 or so guests on the night. The theme for the evening was Phantom of the Opera, it was an absolutely amazing night... The 'team' of dancers performed a Catherine Waltz a big thanks to all the professional dancers for getting us through the challenge, it was great fun.
We all had a fantastic night of music, entertainment and dancing as well as of course witnessing the awards handed out to many deserving recipients. Rik was able to give a short presentation to outline the charities work and thanks the LLS for their immense support received throughout the year. It has been an amazing year, not only has LLS raised a large amount of money to support the charity, they have also helped recruit donors, one of the solicitors who signed up during last years 'Pass It On' campaign has even come up as a donor match and is undergoing tests and may well save a life!
Thank-you to the Leicestershire Law Society and a special thanks to the LLS outgoing president Mehmooda Duke for all the amazing support!
Highcross Digital Sculpture
We were absolutely honoured to have been chosen as one of a select group of local people to go onto the new light sculpture situated in the Highcross Shopping Centre Leicester. the culture is four dimensional and large moving pictures can be viewed from any direction from one of four approach ways,take a look...
Leicester Lord Mayors Honoured Citizen of the Year
Rik and Kas were absolutely delighted to have been awarded the prestigious Lord Mayor of Leicester's 'Honoured Citizen of the Year Award'... Rik and Kas were presented with the award by the Lord Mayor the Right Worshipful Ted Cassidy at Leicester's Town Hall. Rik said after the award that it was recognition of the fantastic work done by their many volunteers and supporters...
We were at Leicester Tigers again as one of their chosen charities for the current season... recruiting lifesavers at the crucial Tigers game against Stade Francais Paris in the European Rugby Champions Cup... we had a great time and Tigers won too...
A very big thanks to De Montfort Universities' Square Mile project who's volunteers helped recruit on the day.
Rotary Club Leicester Novus
Rik was very kindly asked to go along to the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus to give a talk to members. It was a great evening with a group of extremely enthusistic supporters who will help spread the word and help more people join the register. A special thanks to Jim Mathews who organised the evening and made us feel so welcome. You can link to the clubs website and read about the visit here...
Highcross Shopping Centre Leicester, Student Lock-in Event
We were again at the student lock-in all day from 10am till 11pm, a long but rewarding, fun day. We were again supported by student volunteers from DeMontfort University's 'Square Mile Project' ...we had a great time and signed up 200+ new lifesavers... photographs to follow very soon!
Wreake Valley Academy, Leicestershire.
We were at Wreake Valley Academy recruiting students, a big thanks to the academy and to Manbir Thandi of Leicestershire Law Society for his fantastic support both in the run up to the event and on the day... We had a really busy day so much so that unfortunately we didn't have time to take many photo's, we had a great time though, our biggest thanks of course goes to the many students who signed up to the register!
Pass It On Flag : Finds a Home
The Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) was the final home for the Pass It On flag from our September drive... it has taken pride of place in the unit where we hope it gives hope to the many patients who go through its doors.
The flag was officially unveiled by John Adler (Chief Exec LRI), Rory Palmer (Leicester City Deputy Mayor), Dr Ann Hunter (Director of Transplant), Dr Murray Martin (BMTU Consultant)... we were also joined by the wonderful staff from the BMTU who helped us celebrate.
Just look at all the signatures, 2078... each one is a potential lifesaver!
Leicester Tigers Christmas Market 2015
We were very kindly invited along to Leicester Tigers Christmas Market, it ran from 1pm till 5.15pm, just before the start of the Tigers Munster Rugby match... there were large crowds enjoying the festive market, we were there to hand out leaflets and talk to supporters about our work... big thanks to Tigers for their fantastic support.
Some pictures just before the start of the event during set-up, sorry we were too busy to take any during the afternoon...
Anthony Nolan Awards 2015
We were at the Houses of Parliament where Anthony Nolan had their annual awards, we were absolutely delighted to receive the award for our efforts minority recruitment, it did;t end there though unbelievably we were also highly commended in another category too... so pleased for all our amazing volunteers and supporters...
Black History Month - Radio2FunkyFM Radio Interview
Rik was at radio2funkyFM for an interview about the shortage of stem cell donors in the black and minority ethnic community, it was part of Radio2Funky's black history month celebrations...
Pass It On - After Party
At the end of 30 days and 31 events we were understandably very tired... but not too tired to celebrate an amazing month of activities...the aim was to raise awareness of the tremendous work of Anthony Nolan and ensure people understood just how easy it is to register and donate stem cells... We think we did that and more! what's more collectively we recruited 2068 new lifesavers to the UK register. Our videographer Mike Mayes captured the 30 days in this amazing film...
Take look at the pictures from the event...we had representatives from hosts, supporters and some very special guests and speakers...a fantastic finale to a fantastic month.
The Fosse Business Breakfast Club Charity Walk
Fosse BBC had their annual charity walk... this year we were their chosen charity, big thanks to them for the fantastic generosity.
We even have a Pass It On Pie!
Big thanks to Walkers for promoting Pass It On...
Rik has platelet suite named after him at NHSBT Leicester!
Rik had the absolute honour of having the platelet suite at the NHS Blood and Transplant Unit in Leicester named after him... it was an extremely humbling gesture by NHSBT... Rik spoke about the pivotal role blood products played in his treatment and recovery...
Madani High School...
Rik will be at the Madani High School to talk during assembly as a prior to the Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO) event being held Friday...
Points of Light Award
We were absolutely delighted to have been awarded the 'Points of Light award' by no less than the Prime Minister himself... it's a real accolade to the tremendous hard work of our volunteers and supporters...
Pass It On - Leicester
We held 31 events during September and recruited an amazing 2068 new lifesavers to the Anthony Nolan register..wow!
September was blood cancer awareness month and to mark it we ran no less than 31 registration drives, one on each and every day but we were not alone... read on to find out more!
Making Leicester a Lifesaving City
Background and Aims…
The Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign has run over 200 registration drives to date and counting… each year however we run a larger special event. Last year it was the ‘Race to a Thousand’ and you guessed it we registered an amazing thousand potential donors in a day… so this year we had to think of something even bigger… we came up with Pass It On Leicester.
Anthony Nolan recently mapped registrations across the entire country and amazingly Leicester and Leicestershire is second only to London for stem cell recruitment in the whole UK! We wanted to celebrate the generosity and support of the local community by putting together a campaign that gave everyone a chance to get involved. Our aim ultimately is to raise awareness of Anthony Nolan’s work and of course encourage people to sign up to the stem cell register.
September(2015) was blood cancer awareness month, to mark it we ran a registration drive on each and every day of the month… but we were not alone. We’ve co-opted the support of no less than 31 iconic ‘public spirited’ local organisations and community groups to help.
Each hosted a day, yes…we know there are only 30 days in September but such was the enthusiasm amongst prospective hosts that we had to double up on one of the days. You can see the full list of hosts here... I’m sure you will agree, they included many household names, drawn from the very fabric of the local community.
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We had a flag designed by ‘George’ (ASDA) that was passed in relay from host to host. Illustrated below, we think it absolutely captures the essence of the campaign.
The host for a particular day collected the flag from the previous one, but there was a further twist…
Capturing the imagination…
Each host collected the flag in their own inimitable style. Certainly we encouraged them to use their imagination and we had some fantastic quirky ideas including some very unusual modes of transport to collect.
Of course we also encouraged hosts to do something with the flag whilst they had it to capture public imagination…we weren't disappointed, some of the ideas were ingenious…take a look at the event pages!
We want to celebrate the tremendous work of the hosts too…
But it’s not just about the campaign we also wanted to celebrate the fantastic support of the community and that includes the hosts. We wanted them to use the opportunity to highlight what they do particularly to support others.
‘Pass It On’ in every sense…
Of course we are passing a flag on from host to host and we hope the relay and some of the fantastic plans hosts had for their individual events increased the profile of the campaign. We also hoped the community of Leicester would really get behind it and pass on and help spread life saving messages to others and ultimately encourage those that are eligible to come along and sign-up. We also made sure they and we have a great deal of fun along the way too.
Pride of place…
30th September saw us together with hosts and invited guests at City Hall where the campaign flag was formally handed over to representatives from the Leicester Royal Infirmary Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. The flag quite fittingly will take pride of place in the unit where we hope it will give hope and encouragement to those fighting their personal battles with this awful indiscriminate disease.
Watch this space for more news...
TAKE A LOOK AT THE INDIVIDUAL EVENTS BY CLICKING ON THE RELEVANT DAY OF THE MONTH BELOW...WE WILL ADD MORE INFORMATION SOON AND PICTURES AS WE GET THEM...
I would also like to acknowledge the immense support of many supporters who have made Pass It On Leicester possible, our hosts, our many volunteers and helpers.
A special mentions and grateful thanks to...
James Maden of Parkway Volkswagen Ltd who provided us with the invaluable 'Pass It On' van for the duration of the drive.
Thanks to both for their immense support.
Sky Ride Leicester
We were at the Sky Ride Leicester to promote Pass It On... met a lot of friends along the way, it was great fun. A very big thanks to Andy Salkeld cycling coordinator for Leicester City Council for his tremendous support... take a look at the event it was a fantastic day!
BBC Radio Leicester Interview
I was interviewed on the Kamlesh Purohit show together with our friend Nisha Ravat who having donated stem cells herself gave a donors perspective to listeners... Kam as always was brilliant and we talked about the Pass It On campaign... BBC Radio Leicester are hosts on Wednesday 2nd September and have a games day planned on Jubilee Square... Fantastic!
Getting Ready for Pass It On
Launch of Pass It On...Town Hall Square Leicester
We were at Leicester Town Hall Square from 11am to launch Pass It On... the media were there in force together with a selection of our Pass It On hosts, a very big thank-you to all of them. There was a fantastic atmosphere and we really enjoyed the morning, take a look at some of the photographs...
Pass It On Van Arrives!
Take a look at our Pass It On van... it will be used to transport event paraphernalia etc from event to event. A very big thanks to Parkway Volkswagen in Leicester for their extremely generous vehicle loan... we think it looks amazing, we hope you agree!
Leicestershire Law Society - Support RBLC
Mehmooda Duke, President of Leicestershire Law Society, and Managing Director of Moosa- Duke Solicitors met Rik last year. She has chosen the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign as her chosen charity for the year.
She was deeply moved by Rik, his story and his journey. Rik, a healthy family man delivered the news that none of us want to hear – he was told he had got leukaemia. However, because he was of Asian origin, Rik could not find a suitable bone marrow donor to match; doctors told him he had about 2 weeks left.
Having given up hope of ever finding a match, one was found at the very last minute and gave Rik and his family a second chance.
"Rik has dedicated his life to making a difference and works tirelessly to increase the stem cell register.
Mehmooda looks forward to working with Rik and his team in their efforts to raise awareness and increase the stem cell register.
September is a special month for the Rik Basra Campaign. Rik and his team are on a mission to increase the stem cell register with an event every day. They will be collecting samples of sputum from 16-30 year olds.
Leicestershire Law Society, in conjunction with the Fosse Business Breakfast Club of which Mehmooda is a founder member, has organised a 10 mile charity walk in the Peak District on 26 September 2015 to raise funds for the Rik Basra Leukaemia campaign."
To find out more, please visit the Leicestershire Law Society Website http://www.leicestershirelawsociety.org.uk
We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected by Mehmooda and we look forward to working with the Law Society.
Tigers Rugby Club - Support RBLC
Each year Leicester Tigers adopt three charities, we are absolutely delighted to announce that the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign will be one of the club’s charities for the coming season.
Tigers welcomed the three charities to their 'Oval' training ground earlier this week for a series of photos with Tigers players and coaches in the new home kit... the kit was officially launched on Thursday 15th July.
Tigers are one of our hosts in our Pass It on campaign. We are all very excited and looking forward to working with the club.
Fosse Business Breakfast Club - Support RBLC
Fosse Business Breakfast Club has chosen the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign as one of the clubs chosen charity for the year. The club does some fantastic charity work and we are delighted to have been chosen to receive their support...
Ranjit Thaliwal president of Fosse business breakfast club said...
" It's a real pleasure to support the amazing work done by Rik and Kas within Leicestershire and beyond. It's impact has been huge and quite rightly recognised on a national level. We look forward to September and the 21st which is our recruitment day in the Pass It On campaign. September is going to be an amazing month. Fosse BBC will do our best to pass on the word regarding the pass it on campaign. Awareness is vital"
Pass It On is coming!...
We had delivery of some of the Pass It On print/posters/flyers... ready for the big September campaign, watch this space.
Leicester University Sikh Society
We were at Leicester University's Sikh Society... Rik gave an awareness talk and showed a film to the group... thanks for making us feel so welcome.
Leicestershire Sikh Alliance Richard III Celebrations
We were at the Ramgarhia Hall Leicester as guests of the Leicestershire Sikh Alliance... we had an awareness stand at an event outlining a Sikh perspective on the internment of Richard III in Leicester this week. It was a great turnout... big thanks to the LSA for the great support....
Fosse BBC awareness talk...
Rik was at Fosse Business Breakfast Club to give a talk about the work of the campaign... Fosse BBC is a Leicester based group of business professionals from a wide range of industries meet to discuss and debate. The group also do a great deal of work to support local charities and later in the year will bye hosting a stem cell registration drive which is absolutely fabulous...details to follow soon. A very big thanks to Ranjit Thaliwal of Thaliwal Bridge Solicitors for the introduction to the group.
Take a look at the pictures from the event below... a big thanks to Hitesh Rao of Rao Photo Studios for the photo's.
HSBC Bank Leicester...date to be advised
We have been at HSBC De Montfort Street Leicester making early plans for a recruitment drive in their large office complex... look out for more details soon.
Health Screening Day GTB Gurdwara
We were at GTB Gurdwara East Park Road Leicester as part of a big health screening event, British Sikh Doctors are providing a host of health tests totally free of charge... A big thanks to Leicestershire Sikh Alliance for asking us along. Take a look at the poster below... unfortunately we didn't have time to take many pictures, it was hectic...
Beauchamp College Oadby Leicester
We have started preparing for the college drive at Beauchamp on 9th December, I went along to the college and spoke to the 6th form to recruit volunteers, I'm so pleased to say yet again we've signed up a really exciting team at Beauchamp, can't wait for the event, we had such great fun recruiting last time... update we've had planning meetings and we have a fantastic group of student volunteers ready to make the day a real fun day! can't wait...
At No. 10 Downing Street
We were very kindly invited to 10 Downing Street to celebrate Anthony Nolan's 40th Anniversary, there was a reception hosted by Samantha Cameron. We had a great time and met some wonderful, inspiring people.
Hopefully we will have some more photographs from inside the event to post here soon.
MALA- Midland Asian Lawyers Association
We were very kindly invited to the prestigious Midland Asian Lawyers Association (MALA) Ball, not only that but we were absolutely delighted to be nominated as their lead charity for the night. It was an absolutely brilliant night of great music and dancing, fantastic food and brilliant company. the 550+ guests were so generous in their support as were MALA. I was also asked to do a short speech to the tremendously kind and generous attendees.
A very big thank-you to everyone but in particular to each and every member of the MALA Committee who have given us such tremendous support.
Race To A Thousand
This was an unprecedented registration drive!
On October 1st we were at eight different locations all on the same day. Our aim was to sign-up more donors to the Anthony Nolan register... we were in seven Leicester city centre locations and also at Loughborough students union ...and yes you guessed it we aimed to recruit a thousand! and...
WE did it we recruited an amazing 1020 ! WOW .... big big thanks to all our volunteers, partners, supporters and of course all those that spent a few minutes to sign up.
The more eagle eyed amongst you will spot Emile Heskey in the pictures, a very big thanks to him for coming along to support us, Emile travelled a considerable distance to be with us.
In Leicester we were at the De Montfort University Campus Centre and in Gazebo Spit Stations at another six city centre locations...we had entertainers and smoothy bikes at selected stations ... fun was had by everyone! check out the photos from the different locations at the bottom of the page...
Take a look at a small sample of the media coverage...
Click on the map to enlarge & see where we were...
Queen Elizabeth College PrizegivingWe were at the college earlier in the year and recruited an amazing 600+ students to the register...the college very kindly asked me along as guest of honour at their prize giving. the awards were held at the Leicester Tigers rugby ground, Rik met some really inspiring young people and dished out many really well deserved awards. the college had compiled an amazing film outlining the event and the hard work the students put in before. the film was shown followed by a speech from Rik...
'After' an Anthony Nolan exhibition about the post transplant experience...
‘After’ is an inspirational portrait photography exhibition Anthony Nolan organised to link in with the charity’s 40th anniversary celebrations and Blood Cancer Awareness Month.The poignant series of photographs by Stephen Pennells explores the journeys that 18 blood cancer patients faced after a bone marrow transplant. The result is a life-affirming exploration of self-identity, defiance, survival and mortality that ties in with the launch of our new book, also called ‘After.’We were kindly invited along and Rik actually featured in the gallery... there were many inspirational stories as we read the scripts accompanying the fantastic photographs.. including Simon Bostic, in 1973 Simon (in the blue blazer) was the first person to have a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor at just 21 months old. His story inspired Shirley, Anthony Nolan’s mother, to fly to England to look for a match for her son. This in turn set Shirley on her journey to create the world’s first bone marrow register...
Donation is easy! ...Paul's donation diary.
Have a read of 'Pauls Blogg'. Paul Dienn has recently donated his stem cells to save a life... Paul has diarised his experience, you can read just how simple and straightforward it is.
It's a small world but Paul and his wife Jo originally signed up to the Anthony Nolan register after hearing about Rik's desperate search for a donor. fantastic!
Read all about it here...
GNG Football Club... Grand Opening
We were at the grand opening of the GNG Football Club Riverside and Aylestone Football Grounds... A fantastic £2m grassroots football complex right in the heart of the community... good luck GNG and a big thanks for your amazing support. GNG are encouraging people to join the register on their website, you can take a look here...
Leicestershire V India Cricket Match
We were at all three days of the Leicestershire V India cricket match (26-28 June), we have a recruitment stand to sign people up...the weather was a little problematic but we didn't let that dampen our spirits, we had a fantastic time.
A big thanks to Leicestershire County Cricket Club for their fantastic support and for making us feel so welcome...their hospitality knocked us for six!
We hope to be back there soon...
Lux Charity Night
A very big thanks to Darminder and Suprina Rainu who dedicated their fashion show and dinner dance to the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign, the event took place in the luxurious Allesley Hotel near Coventry...
It was an absolutely fabulous night, Rik did a talk to a full house and this was followed by some great entertainment, fabulous food and fantastic clothing designs too... oh and we had a stand and managed to sign some people up as well!
Sumo Charity Night
Wow we had an absolutely fantastic night... a very big thanks to all the stars who did such a brilliant job they were amazing and a big thanks to all our great sponsors and of course to all of those who came along to enjoy themselves... (we will update with photos from the night and a full list of all who supported us on the night shortly)...
Leicestershire Sikh Alliance (LSA) Food Drive Presentation
We were kindly invited along to the Guru Tegh Bhadur Gurdwara where the LSA awards presentation to their chosen charity 'Basics of Sikhi'... we were there with an awareness stand... a big thanks to the LSA for their kind invitation and to GTB Gurdwara who are always so welcoming.
Kohinoor Radio Dinner Dance
We were very kindly invited along to the annual Kohinoor Radio Dinner Party, it was an absolutely brilliant night with great food, drink and many fabulous music stars to entertain us... we had an awareness and recruitment stand... a big thanks to Kohinoor Radio for their kind invitation and great ongoing support, they are a real friend to the campaign.
Catena Networking Event Donnington Park
The Catena Business Network is a fantastic way to make meaningful links with businesses and charities far and wide, you can find out more here...
The Rik Basra Leukaemia campaign is a member and we were at their quarterly networking meeting at Donnington Park racing circuit... we were in the Senna Suite near the museum, what a fantastic venue (we couldn't help but look around the museum its brilliant). We made some great contacts and hopefully we can develop them to further our work and spread our life saving messages further afield. A big thanks to Claire Bicknell (Director) who invited us along.
Sangat TV Interview
We were at Sangat TV on Wednesday 31st April 2014... Rik was interviewed by Inder Singh Ji, presenter of the extremely popular weekly programme "Heart of the Community". Rik spoke about his personal journey through treatment for Leukaemia and the work of the campaign to address the shortfall in stem cell donors. A very big thanks to Inder for inviting us on to his programme and for his personal support for our work, Inder is a great community advocate and does a great deal to support community initiatives. the programme will be aired at 9pm Wednesday 7th May on Sky channel 847 or via their website... here.
Tajinder Joins the Team
The Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign are absolutely delighted to formally announce the appointment of Tajinder Singh to our board of trustees.
Of course many of you will already know Taj. He actually registered as a donor with Anthony Nolan at our very first recruitment event in Dec 2011 at GTB Gurdwara, Leicester. Since then Taj has become an ever present campaign supporter. He gives up many, many hours of his time to selflessly support our work, not only is he an ever-present volunteer at our donor drives but he also comes along to help at our preparatory meetings. He has without doubt been central in our efforts to raise awareness, educate people regarding blood cancers and recruit people to the UK stem cell register. I am sure you will all join me in warmly congratulating Taj on his well deserved appointment.