We had an overwhelming amount of people ask if they could donate money on a monthly basis to Cords4Life (UK). Based on this unbelievable support, we have therefore set up a scheme with Payroll Giving. This flexibe scheme, means you can donate how much you wish, tax free, straight from your wages. If you are interested, please click on the link. Once again, may we thank you for your support.
MyDonate provides a secure, easy-to-use way for you to make a direct donation to Cords4Life (UK).
The charity was registered in March 2013, a month after Charlie’s passing.
Our mission is to raise vital awareness of the importance of umbilical cord donations and increase the amount of public cord donation centres available within hospitals across the UK.
We want to be able to fund more midwives with the necessary training needed in extracting the blood from the cord. We want to be able to provide hospitals with the necessary equipment for storing the cord and we want to help save and change people’s lives, who are suffering with life-threatening, and degenerative diseases.
We believe that every parent-to-be should be informed of the benefits of cord blood and given the choice to donate their baby’s cord. It is a simple, risk-free procedure that poses no harm to the mother or baby. Once the cord is clamped and cut the blood is simply extracted and stored, where it could eventually be used to save a life, change life or given for invaluable research instead of being thrown in the bin.
This will be Charlie’s Legacy.
We are currently working towards fulfilling our long-term goals. In the short to medium term we are:
*info from Anthony Nolan
Cord blood has a high concentration of stem cells, which can be used to help treat more than 70 illnesses, ranging from Type 1 Diabetes to Leukemia and Lymphoma. These stem cells can be stored (or “Banked”) until they are required, with no apparent expiration date on their effectiveness. In fact, stem cell samples taken more than 20 years ago still appear to be identical to samples that are months, weeks or even days old when stored correctly.
The procedure for extracting cord blood is a simple and non-intrusive one which has absolutely no impact on the birth at all. The extraction itself will often take place in an entirely separate room, so the parents and the hospital staff can give their undivided attention to the new born. While each hospital will handle the finer details differently, the general course of action is as follows:
1. The baby is born with the umbilical cord attached to the placenta. This is then cut (by the father, should he wish) and then “clamped”. The baby is then usually wiped down and goes through a quick series of checks to ensure it is healthy.
2. While the child is being cared for the cord has now been moved out the way, usually into another room. The blood, containing the stem cells, is then extracted with a syringe and placed in a bag which looks similar to the ones used on an intravenous drip.
3. The bag is then taken to the storage facility, which may be within the hospital or at another site entirely. Once it arrives it will be examined and have all red blood cells removed.
4. The cord blood stem cells will then me stored in a tank with liquid nitrogen, which keeps the the cells at a constant temperature of -196 degrees Celsius where it will remain until needed.
Stem cells are used to treat a wide variety of illnesses, some types of which we have listed below. It should be noted that this list is far from comprehensive and new research is constantly underway which opens up more uses all the time.
Despite it’s obvious medical benefits, cord blood is still being thrown away on a daily basis because parents aren’t made aware that they can donate or the hospital simply doesn’t have the facilities to carry out the procedure.