African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust

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African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust
Abbreviation ACLT
Founded 1996
Type Charity
Focus To raise awareness of stem cell, blood & organ donation within Black and ethnic minority communities
Headquarters 2A Garnet Road, Thorton Heath, Surrey, CR7 8RD
Region served
United Kingdom

African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (commonly referred to as ACLT) is an independent charity based in the UK which strives to provide a life line for those suffering from blood related cancers such as Leukaemia and other life-threatening disorders. The ACLT aims to raise awareness on stem cell, blood and organ donation within UK population, with a particular focus on the Black and Mixed race communities. They work closely within this area due to the severe lack of individuals signed to the registers from these communities.


The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust was co-founded by Beverley De-Gale OBE and Orin Lewis OBE in 1996, after they received the news that their 6-year-old son, Daniel De-Gale, had been diagnosed with leukaemia. Daniel's only hope of survival was to receive a stem cell transplant; stem cells have racially specific characteristics therefore Daniel's donor could only be found from the black or mixed race population, of which only 550 were registered - this translated into a 1 in 250,000 chance of finding a matching donor for Daniel. When confronted by these facts and figures, it became apparent to both Beverley and Orin that there was a need for an organisation to galvanise awareness and increase the number of donors. Orin and Beverley channelled their anxiety of discovering their son had a form of cancer into a goal of creating a better future for people suffering with Leukaemia and other blood-related disorders. To achieve this, the charity was founded to raise awareness and to enable potential donors to come forward and donate, allowing them to go on and potentially become a lifesaver.

In 1999, after three years of campaigning alongside his parents for donors to come forward and join the bone marrow registry, Daniel became the first black person in the UK (aged 12), to receive a lifesaving bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor.

In 2008 the development of the organisation into a leading national blood disorder and cancer charity started to take place, enlisting major corporate support and having already established patrons and trustees, such as the first winner of the television programme The Apprentice Tim Campbell[1] and ex-world heavy weight boxing champion, David Haye.[2] On 8 October 2008, Daniel De-Gale, aged 21, died due to further health complications.[3] An uplifting spirit was evident amongst the congregation of family, friends, celebrities and well-wishers attending Daniel's funeral, that it was almost inevitable that the many tributes from that day would morph into a lasting legacy.[4] Since 2009, October has marked 'Daniel De-Gale Blood Donation Month'- a monthlong campaign where the ACLT request members of the British public, particularly from African and Caribbean backgrounds to come together to donate one unit of blood en masse by joining the NHS Blood register. This, alongside numerous other recruitment drives and initiatives the ACLT conducts, has been paramount in raising the base level of donors from the hundreds to tens or thousands.

The ACLT continue with their life saving work of spreading awareness surrounding stem cell(bone marrow), blood and organ donation within ethnic minorities, with the sole purpose to increase the number of ethnic minorities registered on the stem cell, blood and organ registers.[5] Over the last 19 years the ACLT have recruited over 60,000 individuals of all ethnicities to the stem cell registers (Anthony Nolan, DKMS UK and British Bone Marrow Registry), with approximately 70% of these potential donors being from an African or Caribbean background, and have also saved over 60 individuals lives through finding bone marrow donors. The work of ACLT has actively helped to improve the odds of BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) patients finding a stem cell match, receiving blood or receiving an organ through transplantation, though statistics as they stand today are still shocking. Today, a Black, Asian or ethnic minority who is in need of a stem cell transplant has less than a 20% chance of finding the best possible match from an unrelated donor, whilst a White British patient in the same position has a 60% chance. Statistics surrounding black and ethnic minorities in regards to Organ donation and Blood donation are also worryingly low, and so ACLT aim to raise awareness within the Black and Mixed race community (particularly) in all three donation areas.

ACLT not only aim to sign up new, potential donors, but they also ensure that patients and family members of patients are supported through the diagnosis process and treatment right up to successful completion of treatments.

Celebrity involvement[edit]

Over the years the work of ACLT has been supported by a number of celebrities and high-profile people such as the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson,[6] Ian Wright,[7] David Harewood,[8][9] Alesha Dixon,[10] Colin Salmon, Chucky Venn,[11] Reggie Yates,[12] John Barnes,[13] David Haye,[14] John Fashanu,[15] Wretch 32,[16] Dereck Chisora[17] and many more. Spoken Word artist George The Poet[18] and young actors Percelle Ascott[19] of 'Mandem On The Wall' are the most recent to become ACLT Youth Ambassadors.

In October 2014, Tinchy Stryder and the Chuckle Brothers released a single "To Me - To You (Bruv)" to raise funds.[20]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Since the beginning of ACLT Beverley, Orin, Daniel and the charity as an organisation have had much recognition for their work, having received highly prestigious awards and achievements. The ACLT saw its first major national recognition in 2006, when the charity received a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Special Achievement Award. Beverley and Orin were both awarded with an OBE on the Queen's Birthday in 2011 and New Year's 2012 Honours List by the Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary, in recognition for Services to Healthcare respectively.


  • Beverley De-Gale & Orin Lewis were chosen as members of the judging panel at Pride of Britain in 2007.
  • Orin Lewis is Chair of The National BME Cancer Voice,[21] Co-Chair of the National BAME Transplant Alliance,[22] a Member of the National Cancer Equalities Initiative advisory group (NCEI)[23] and a Member of the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Clinical Reference Group (BMT CRG)[24]


Organisation Award Year Awarded to
GV Media Group Ltd 15th Anniversary Community Awards for health 1997 ACLT
Candace Women of Achievement Awards For Courage 1997 Beverley De-Gale
The Voice & Workers & Capital Golden Heart Award Beverley De-Gale
GV Media Group Ltd Annual Community Award - Family 1998 Daniel De-Gale
EMMA EMMA Charity of the Year 1999 Daniel De-Gale Trust
Windsor Fellowship Junior Fellowship Champion 2000 Daniel De-Gale
Child of Achievement Award 2000 Daniel De-Gale
The Croydon Guardian Croydon Champion 2002 Daniel De-Gale[25]
EPN (Executive & Professional Network) Men & Women of Merit Awards 2002 Beverley De-Gale
100 Black Men of London Youth of the Year 2003 Daniel De-Gale
Pride Of Britain Special Achievement Award 2006 Beverley De-Gale & Orin Lewis[26]
EFWBO (European Federation of Black Women in Business Owners) Black Women in Business Awards Winner: Excellence Award 2007 Beverley De-Gale
100 Black Men of London Community Service Award 2008 Daniel De-Gale
BEST Magazine Bravest Women Awards 2008 Beverley De-Gale
GV Media Group Ltd Community Awards 2009 ACLT
In Celebration of My Sisters Awards 2009 Beverley De-Gale
The Network (The Home Office) (In Recognition of) Contribution to The Network, Race & Diversity Agenda 2009 ACLT
Barclays, East Surrey & Sussex News Media Heart of the Community 2009 ACLT[27]
Spirit of London Awards (SOLA) Spirit of London Special Recognition Award 2009 Daniel De-Gale
UNISON Contribution to the Black Community 2011 ACLT
AFIYA Awards Fundraiser of the Year Award 2011 Beverley De-Gale
Inspiration Awards for Women Special Award 2011 Beverley De-Gale
OBE 2011 Beverley De-Gale[28]
Croydon Champion Awards Highly Commended Community Champion Award 2011 Orin Lewis
UNISON Charity of the Year 2011-2012 ACLT
Music Video & Screen Awards Westmore Ezekiel Award 2012 ACLT [29]
Men of Valour Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 Orin Lewis
OBE 2012 Orin Lewis[30]
Royal College of Pathologists Oliver Memorial Award 2013 2013 ACLT[31]
National Diversity Awards Community Organisation Award for Race, Religion & Faith 2014 ACLT [32]
HSJ (Health Service Journal) BME Pioneer 2014 Beverley De-Gale & Orin Lewis[33]


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  2. ^ "ACLT Charity Patron - David 'The Hayemaker' Haye". ACLT. November 2009. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  3. ^ Truman, Peter (9 October 2008). "Leukaemia campaigner Daniel De Gale dies". Croydon Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Donor campaigner's funeral held". BBC News Online. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Video: Bone marrow and organ donor appeal Leeds". ITV. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Duchess of York hosts Fundraiser for ACLT at May Fair Hotel". ACLT. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  7. ^ ACLT Charity (1 August 2014). "Daniel De-Gale and Ian Wright give a Xmas appeal". YouTube. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  8. ^ Cooper, Charlie (11 March 2015). "Homeland star David Harewood appeals for black people to donate stem cells". The Independent. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  9. ^ Manger, Warren (17 May 2014). "Homeland star David Harewood on donating bone marrow: 'They needed my stem cells urgently'". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  10. ^ The ACLT (2 June 2014). "Alesha Dixon wishes ACLT a happy 18th birthday (2014)". Facebook. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Zumba Party Success". ALCT. 2012. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
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  13. ^ "My Story by ACLT Patron John Barnes MBE". ACLT. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  14. ^ "David Haye raises money for the ACLT on TV programme 'The Chase'". YouTube. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Daniel De-Gale ~ Beating Leukaemia". CancerActive. April 2004. Retrieved 3 October 2018. John Fashanu donated £215,000 after his appearance on 'I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here' to ACLT & visited Daniel at GOSH to offer his support...
  16. ^ ACLT Charity (27 January 2015). "What does #BeingAfricanCaribbean mean to Wretch 32, Richard Blackwood & Trevor Nelson". YouTube. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  17. ^ iFL TV (24 July 2012). "Dereck Chisora Hands £20k Cheque To ACLT Charity & Interview / Haye v. Chisora Bet". YouTube. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
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  26. ^ Rudd, Andy (7 October 2014). "Pride of Britain roll of honour: All the winners and all their heroic acts". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  27. ^ "Croydon groups scoop prizes at Heart of the Community awards". The Croydon Advertiser. 11 June 2009. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  28. ^ Bingham, John (11 June 2011). "Honours: OBE for campaigning mother driven by son's leukaemia tragedy". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  29. ^ "2012 MSVA (Music Video & Screen Awards)". Diva Scribe. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  30. ^ "Bone marrow campaigner honoured". BBC News. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  31. ^ "Oliver Memorial Award Winners 2013 – African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust" (PDF). Royal College of Pathologists. 9 December 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  32. ^ "African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust: Community Organisation Award for Race, Religion & Faith". National Diversity Awards. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  33. ^ Gbadamosi, Nosmot; Paton, Nic (6 November 2014). "HSJ BME Pioneers 2014". Health Service Journal. Retrieved 3 October 2018.

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