Recently, the British Bindi team got into our ball gowns and heels, to attend Focus Leukaemia‘s Great Gatsby Charity Dinner & Dance. The Great Gatsby theme was well executed throughout the event, from the decor, to the entertainment, to the music.

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British Bindi & Co. in all our sequins and glitter.

It was exciting to get glammed up for an event in our home city of Wolverhampton, and we’re proud to share our fellow Wolverhampton-er, Samrick’s story with you.

Founder of Focus Leukaemia

Samrick Singh Bahia was 19 in 2013 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. He was in his second year of university, we can’t imagine how life-shaking that period must have been. However, fast-forward to October 2016, Samrick has founded and managed Focus Leukaemia — a fantastic charity supporting Delete Blood Cancer. This year alone he’s been given the ‘all clear’ after a 4 year battle, completed the Three Peaks challenge, honoured by David Cameron for raising over £100,000 and recruiting more than 1,000 new donors to the Stem Cell Register and has just thrown a super swanky Charity event. Samrick was also honoured as Pride of Britain’s West Midlands Fundraiser of 2015, after being anonymously nominated for the award.

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£55,000 raised from Focus Leukaemia’s Great Gatsby Dinner & Dance!

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Focus Leukaemia

As bloggers who are passionate about style and fashion, Samrick’s Charity event decor and theme were executed to a phenomenal level.

Stem Cell Donors in Ethnic Minority Communities

Samrick has also been educating and raising awareness for the need for Stem Cell Donors particularly in ethnic minority communities. As a result, a friend of Samrick registered to become a Stem Cell Donor and discovered he was a match for somebody earlier this year, and amazingly saved their life, all thanks to the awareness raised by Samrick’s previous charity event. People from black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds struggle to find matches for life-saving transplants. Patients have an increased chance of finding a match from donors from the same ethnic background as them. According to statistics, people from a caucasian background have a 60% chance of finding a match, meanwhile those from a BAME background have a low 20% chance. We think a lot of this is to do with education and awareness, and before this event we had no idea about the desperation for donors from our background. We also knew very little about the Stem Cell donation procedure and what it entails.

Five things we now know about Stem Cell Donation

  • You simply fill out a form and take a swab from your cheek to register.
  • Once you’re on the Stem Cell Register, you don’t donate stem cells until you’re matched up with a patient. This means you can potentially save their life!
  • You don’t permanently lose your stem cells after donation. Stem cells replenish themselves after 3-6 weeks.
  • For every donor there is an estimated 4 to 5 % chance to be matched with a patient in the next 10 years.
  • Lots of donors report the procedure being simple and painless — busting the myth that donating stem cells is painful.

What’s next for Focus Leukaemia?

Samrick is keen to continue fundraising for Focus Leukaemia in aid of Delete Blood Cancer for as long as possible. Plans are already being put in place to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in July 2017,  with another charity ball planned for late 2018. Samrick aims to raise around £28,000 on average per year, which is a huge contribution towards Delete Blood Cancer and the fantastic work they do.

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At the top of Ben Nevis during the Three Peaks challenge earlier this year.

Inspiration and Celebration

To conclude, we had an amazing time at Focus Leukaemia’s event, not only did we have tons of fun (awkward ball gown dancing) but learnt a lot about a great cause. We feel inspired by Samrick’s journey and wish him all the best for his Charity, and can’t wait to see his future achievements.

Check out Focus Leukaemia on Facebook to read more about Samrick’s story and to help celebrate their amazing work. You can still make donations to Samrick’s Just Giving page, to continue his fundraising success.

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