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Published on Thursday, April 25, 2019

OTA launches major charity push in colleague's memory

OTA On the Beach helped blood cancer charity DKMS reach a key milestone of 500,000 potential blood stem cell donors in the UK after hosting donor registration events at is Manchester and Cheadle offices.

The events were held in memory of colleague Andy Clague, head of business intelligence, who died in December 2017, aged 46, following a two-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.

Supported by Andy's wife, Louise, as part of the #TeamClague appeal, the registration events helped add donors to the national register and raise awareness, encouraging others to make a difference in the fight against blood cancer.

The On the Beach donor registration events took place at Aeroworks, the online travel agent's digital headquarters in Manchester city centre, and in its operational headquarters in Cheadle.

More than 160 employees (40% of the business' workforce) registered to become potential blood stem cell donors at the events, including founder and CEO Simon Cooper.

On the Beach operations manager Justyna Lemanska became DKMS's landmark 500,000th donor.

To further show commitment to the charity, any On the Beach employee who is found to be a stem cell match and chooses to donate, will be given a week off work, with full pay.

Louise Clague said: "It's been phenomenal to see the response from On the Beach, and so rewarding to see the 500,0000th person join the donor register in the very office that Andy worked for so many years. #TeamClague would like to thank all those involved and will continue campaigning to encourage as many people as possible to join the stem cell donor register."

Simon Cooper, founder and CEO at On the Beach said: "Andy had been with On the Beach for six years, during which time he made a huge contribution to the business and became an incredibly popular member of the team who is deeply missed.

"It is an honour to have helped DKMS reach this milestone and to see our colleagues support such an important cause that is close to our heart. We of course hope that one day, our efforts will help make a meaningful - and potentially life-saving - difference to someone in need."

If you are aged between 17-55 and in general good health, you can register for a home swab kit online at For further information on how your company could support DKMS, email [email protected]

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