Save lives with Square Mile

Be a part of a truly special project that aims to raise the number of donors on the NHS stem cell register to help fight blood cancers.

Working closely with Anthony Nolan and the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign, DMU Square Mile student volunteers have helped break multiple records for the number of donors recruited on a single day. Our #Raceto1000 campaign smashed a national record of  recruiting 1020 donors onto the register in a single day. Leicester is now second to London in UK for stem cell donor recruitment.

What you can expect:

Central to this project is the “give a spit” marketing campaign, where student volunteers head out into schools, colleges and other city centre venues to raise awareness and then undertake stem cell donor drives.

There are a number of student roles available through this project around marketing, schools outreach, as well as event support during campus based stem cell drives.

Full training for all roles is provided by Anthony Nolan and the Rik Basra campaign. Events take place throughout the year on specific dates making this an ideal volunteering opportunity for students looking for one off events to take part in.

Latest campaign:

#PassItOn Leicester campaign is the latest project available for students to volunteer onto. Along with the Anthony Nolan charity, the campaign will become a major drive to raise awareness of blood cancer and encourage individuals to register onto the stem cell register.

Rik Basra  and Kaz Basra are the founders of The Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign. They want to demonstrate how easy it is to join the register and potentially save a life. #PassItOnLeicester is going to be their most elaborate campaign to date.

Throughout the entire month of Septmeber, 31 different organisation across Leicester will be hosting their own event to raise awareness for blood cancer. There are 7 events that you can volunteer for September 2015. Are you ready to help save a life?

Medical Science graduate, Amir Mahmoud, volunteered throughout his time at DMU for Stem Cell recruitment: 

Square Mile volunteer, Aamir Mahmood,  demonstrating the smoothie bike

“I have enjoyed my time volunteering at the Square Mile, and regret not getting involved in my first year at De Montfort University. It is fantastic to know that such a small contribution to the stem cell register campaign can make such a large difference and potentially save someone’s life.” Read his full blog post here.


Rik Basra pictured with wife Kaz Basra

Rik Basra, cancer survivor and the founder of the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign explains about #PassItOnLeicester: 

‘We’ve had great responses from the good people of Leicester and Leicestershire in the past but we want to go one better this year. Everyone has a role to play in this campaign, we want everyone to spread the word about how easy it is to join the register and save a life – that’s what #PassItOnLeicester is all about. I can’t wait for the people of Leicester and Leicestershire to see what’s in store.’ Read more about Rik’s story here

Sign up!
Interested in becoming a part of this life-saving campaign? Then please sign up today!

Select an event that you are interested in volunteering at and then fill out the registration form.
Can I apply for more than one event? – YES! You can volunteer for as many of the events as you like!

#PassItOnLeicester Stem Cell Event Volunteering with Square Mile opportunities

LOCATION                                                 DATE                                                             SIGN UP
Leicester County Cricket                            14th September                                              Click HERE
Leicester Tigers Stadium                            19th September                                              Click HERE
Beauchamp College                                    25th September                                              Click HERE
Leicester City Football Club                        26th September                                              Click HERE
QE College                                                  28th September                                              Click HERE 
Regent College                                            29th September                                              Click HERE
DMU Square Mile Event                              30th September                                              Click HERE


Logging Hours
All Square Mile volunteering hours can be logged online via MyGateway. You can log your hours weekly or monthly. It is essential that you keep track of all the hours you have contributed to Square Mile volunteering opportunities. Please ensure that you input all of your hours into the MyGateway form in order to receive your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) and Square Mile certificate of achievement.