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Sickle Cell Society, the only national organisation supporting the 15,000 people in the UK with sickle cell disorder (SCD), is recruiting black-heritage blood donors to help save and improve people’s lives.

SCD is a serious genetic blood disorder, most commonly affecting those of African and Caribbean origin.

People with sickle cell often need blood transfusions from people of the same ethnic background as part of their treatment. Transfusions are used to help treat severe anaemia and can also help prevent serious complications associated with SCD, such as strokes and organ damage. 

Not enough black- heritage people are giving blood to meet the current demand.

Sickle Cell Society is working in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant, to help them reach their goal of quadrupling the amount of new black-heritage blood donors coming forward this year.