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Golden ticket


Change someone's tomorrow, join the British Bone Marrow Registry today

What is bone marrow?

Bone marrow is a remarkable factory. It's the soft, spongy tissue found at the centre of certain bones in your body where blood stem cells live. Blood stem cells produce all your essential blood cells, such as red blood cells to carry oxygen and white blood cells to fight infection.

Who needs bone marrow transplants?

There are some diseases, such as some forms of leukaemia, which stop the factory from working properly. For many such patients, the best hope of a cure is receiving a bone marrow transplant.

What is the British Bone Marrow Registry?

The British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR) is part of NHS Blood and Transplant. We help patients find suitable stem cell matches by recruiting potential donors from our dedicated blood donors.

Why have I been given a Golden Ticket?

You've been given this ticket because you are one of the two groups of donors we are trying to recruit to the BBMR:
1. Male caucasian donors aged 17-40
2. Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic or mixed race donors of either gender aged 17-40.

How can I join the British Bone Marrow Register?

Download and print the registration form and inform the staff at the blood donation session that you wish to join the BBMR before your blood donation is taken, they will then take an extra small sample of blood at the same time as your donation. Alternatively you can just hand your Golden ticket at your next blood donation session and a form can be provided to complete. Find your nearest blood session here.

How can I find out more?

Our new British Bone Marrow leaflet explains in further detail about matching bone marrow patients, the two different donation processes and other FAQ's.

Who are Team Margot?

Team Margot are a fantastic charity who began because of a special little girl, named Margot, who needed a Bone Marrow Transplant. Team Margot campaigns for more potential bone marrow/stem cell donors to join the register, especially people with a mixed genealogy. Margot’s mixed family background was the key obstacle to finding her a perfect match.