Every year, countries around the World celebrate Blood Donor Day on the 14th June. The theme for 2017 was ‘Blood connects us all’, focusing on thanking those who gave while highlighting the ‘sharing’ and ‘connection’ dimensions between donors and patients. While it’s easy to applaud the worldwide effort to raise awareness and educate people about this important cause, it takes genuine local community action to really make a difference. So what is the nature of the challenge?
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) reports that 40,000 more black donors are needed to meet growing demand for a special subtype of blood.
The health authority said that between 2014 and 2016, there was a 75 per cent increase in the amount of Ro blood issued to hospitals in England. Despite this huge increase in demand for blood by the black community, just one per cent of all blood donations in the country are made by black people.
That drive to recruit donors has been organised by Marie Barber, business manager for nearby Tetherdown Primary School, is calling on the Harringey community and the surrounding boroughs to attend the BAME blood donor drive.
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The event promises to be a celebration of community enterprise with local business vendors selling genuine African art, prints, posters, quality artefacts, clothing, jewellery and natural skin care products.
Most importantly, the NHS Blood and Transplant team will be there to take the details of anyone wishing to become a donor, along with other community organisations such as the Sickle Cell Society.
This is an ideal opportunity for Seven Sisters Primary School to encourage more families and stakeholders to become donors in Haringey, whilst giving vendors the opportunity to introduce themselves to new customers. Haringey’s Mayor will be opening the event and David Lammy MP, will also be in attendance.
This is an event for the whole community and a chance for a new generation of donors to give blood and help save lives.
Save the date: 21st October 2017
12 noon until 3 pm
Seven Sisters Primary School
If you are a vendor and would like to enquire about a stall contact Jane Griffin (Seven Sisters Primary School) – Tel: 020 8802 6670