– London – Billed as the first of its kind, a number of high profile artists from the world of entertainment have featured in a poetry appeal to help save of one of Britain’s best known healthcare charities. The African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), supports those with bone marrow and other blood related diseases within ethnic communities, and is appealing to both the public and the government to prevent its closure on March 31st.   

Since news of its’ possible closure earlier in the year, supporters have been raising funds in the hope of reaching the £80,000 target. This comes at a challenging period economically for charities across the board. The video is supported by ACLT co-founders Beverley De Gale & Orin Lewis, plus stars including Ashley Walters (BBC’s ‘Outcasts’, ‘Hustle’, ‘Bullet Boy’), and the artist Akala, performing the Manorlog ‘I’m on it’ with cameos from actors Wil Johnson (‘Waterloo Road’), Kwame Kwei-Armah (‘Casualty’) and broadcaster Henry Bonsu (‘The Wright Stuff’, Colourful Radio).   

The project has been put together by the online poetry competition and platform Manorlogz Xtreme Spoken Word. Its’ featured poem was written by its current champion, Mark Andrew Thompson, whose wife, Sarah, received a donor through the ACLT. The two minute Manorlog will be shown on various media outlets throughout the month of March. To keep up-to-date with the latest news, visit Mind Your Manorz, the official Manorlogz blog at 

Members of the public can donate £3 to The ACLT Manorlogz Xtreme Fundraiser by texting ‘ACLTIMONIT‘ to 70300. They can also visit the ACLT website, for further donation opportunities. You can watch the Manorlog from March the 1st at and  


For more information, please contact the Manorlogz team –  


List of video participants 

  • Ashley Walters  (Actor and urban artist) 
  • Henry Bonsu  (Broadcaster) 
  • Akala  (Urban artist) 
  • Kwame Kwei-Armah  (Playwright and actor) 
  • Tor  (Urban artist) 
  • Nadine Charles  (Singer) 
  • Wil Johnson  (Actor) 
  • Judith Jacob (former actress in Eastenders) 
  • Ty (Urban artist) 
  • Leo (former singer from ‘The Streets’)
  • S  & R (emerging urban artists) 


  • The ACLT is a voluntary charity, whose main aim is to increase the number of people from BME  communities on the UK bone marrow registers 
  • Since their establishment 15 years ago, the ACLT have increased the number of black and mixed raced potential donors on the UK bone marrow list from 550 to 32,000. Their aim is to reach at least 60,000 
  • Blood groups vary by ethnicity: 20% of the black African and Caribbean population are blood group B and only 9% of western Europeans share this group 
  • Patients with medical conditions such as Sickle Cell Anaemia can require regular transfusions
  • Individuals with Sickle Cell traits are allowed to donate blood for transfusion and bone marrow donor registration and donation 
  • The ACLT was awarded the Pride of Britain Special Award in 2006 
  • Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years 

For more information or to book an appointment to give blood call 0300 123 23 23 or visit

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