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Hunt for blood begins in ethnic population

PUBLISHED: 13:43 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

AN APPEAL has been started for blood donors from minority ethnic population in London's East End. The appeal is a campaign by the National Blood Service to encourage Black and Asian volunteers to help meet the need for rare blood types within their own communities

AN APPEAL has been started for blood donors from minority ethnic population in London’s East End.

The appeal is a campaign by the National Blood Service to encourage Black and Asian volunteers to help meet the need for rare blood types within their own communities.

The service is on the lookout for “everyday people” who have benefited from receiving donated blood to come forward and tell their stories and become ambassadors’ for the campaign.

The volunteers will be selected from a range of different backgrounds and communities who want to share their experiences and tell how receiving blood has helped change their lives.

They will front the campaign with their picture and interview on leaflets distributed in their community, in the press, on radio and online.

Currently only three per cent of active blood donors come from Black and Asian communities, statistics reveal.

It often means particular types of rare blood groups found only in these communities are in short supply.

Sufferers of Thalassaemia which is a debilitating blood disease prevalent in South Asia, for example, need regular transfusions.

So do those with Sickle Cell Anaemia, which is prevalent in the African and Caribbean society.

There is also a need for blood for day-to-day use, including childbirth in hospitals serving Black and Asian populations.

There around 285,000 registered potential bone marrow donors on the British Bone Marrow Registry—but only three per cent is from minority ethnic communities.

So the Blood Service is looking for those who have received blood in the past to be ambassadors’ and for those keen to be donors call 020-7326 5979, or email:

rina@livity.co.uk

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