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ACLT founders announce engagement on charity's 20th birthday

HAPPY NEWS: Orin Lewis and Beverley De-Gale

AFRICAN CARIBBEAN Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) founders Beverly De-Gale and Orin Lewis are engaged to married, it was announced today (June 2).

The couple, who have registered tens of thousands of blood donors and registered over 4000 individuals to the Organ Donor Register their two-decade reign, revealed their happy news on the 20th anniversary of the charity.

“Orin has only gone and asked Beverley to become his Mrs. Lewis, to cement their union as one, for the rest of their lives, and Beverley said YES! Woooohooo,” a statement from the charity read.

“As we celebrate ACLT’s 20th anniversary today, it’s the perfect time to share this news with you all.”

Beverly and Orin started the charity in 1996 in a bid to find a stem cell donor for their son Daniel who was diagnosed with leukaemia.

The ACLT has now helped an incredible 70,000 people from the African Caribbean community, signing them onto the UK stem cell register and saving the lives of over 70 people living with blood cancer.

“We are delighted to have achieved such a milestone for our small yet impactful charity,” Orin said. “We are committed to reaching the wider communities, to educate and inform on the importance of becoming a potential lifesaver through joining the stem cell, blood & organ donor registers.”

Beverley told The Voice: “We are both extremely happy. It has taken 23 years for us to reach this point but for us timing is everything."

The couple will be wed on September 15 in Trelawny Jamaica, the birthplace of Beverley's father.

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