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ACLT will save more lives with Unison

PARTNERSHIP: UNISON president Eleanor Smith AND ACLT co-founder Beverley De-Gale

HEAD OF the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), Beverley De-Gale, has thanked UNISON president Eleanor Smith for choosing the ACLT as her charity of the year.

“The ACLT charity is proud to be associated with UNISON. In our joint efforts, we will benefit patients and families of patients diagnosed with leukaemia and all blood related cancers/diseases (and) those in need of life saving blood transfusions and organ transplants,” De-Gale told The Voice. “Any vital funds raised by UNISON will assist our work and will ultimately helps us in recruiting life saving donors, collectively we will save many lives.”

In a recent interview with The Voice, Smith, who was elected UNISON’s first black female president in June, said she was choosing the ACLT, meaning that the charity is to get much-needed fundraising help.
“I felt this is something that I really wanted to do,” Smith said.

She added: “With UNISON, once you pick a charity, fundraising money then goes to that charity. We try and raise its profile within the branches. I think it’s important.”

Smith, a veteran union member and theatre nurse from Birmingham said she hopes to help further raise awareness of the ACLT’s life saving mission among black and other communities throughout Britain.

She added that she is hoping to motivate many people across the UK to become donors.

The ACLT, led by De-Gale and Orin Lewis, has spearheaded the drive to raise awareness of the need for black and mixed race blood and bone marrow donors.

In its 15 years, the charity has also helped save several lives by inspiring thousands of black and mixed race people to join donor registries.

The charity, which escaped closure after supporters raised £120,000 to keep it going earlier this year, has been asking the public to donate £10 per month to keep it going after being told its funding has been cut.

To become a donor or donate, call 0208 240 4480 or visit

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