National and local media have recently been reporting on reasons why more blood donors from Black and Asian communities are urgently needed. There is a rise in demand for the rare Ro blood subtype, which is mainly found in Black people. There will be a list of blood donation events around the UK due to the rise in demand for this rare blood type.
You might have heard about the sad death of 19 year old Richard Okorogheye earlier in March this year. He was an Oxford Brookes student who suffered from sickle cell disorder. Richard’s family was devastated and because of this, a group of blood campaigners have come together to launch a campaign entitled “Bonded By Blood: A Mother’s Story”.
About the blood donation campaign
Bonded By Blood: A Mother’s Story is a national campaign of blood donation events due to be launched in September during World Sickle Cell Month. The aim is to encourage more black people to donate blood. We will be amplifying the need for more black blood donors to come forward.
The campaign will share stories of other mothers with children who receive regular blood transfusions. We are working with mothers from London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol and the following dates and venues have so far been confirmed. You will have the opportunity to do something absolutely awesome by becoming a blood donor, thus saving lives.
List of blood donation venues
The following list will be updated as venues and dates are confirmed. So far we have the blood donation locations confirmed…
Sunday 26th September – 09:30am – 4:00pm –Harris Invictus Academy – Croydon, Surrey CR0 2TB
Saturday 2nd October – 09:05am – 4:05pm Resource for London Centre – 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA
Saturday 2nd October – 08:30am – 5:30pm – Westfield’s Shopping Centre – Unit 2096 Westfield Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, London W12 7GF
Saturday 2nd October – 08:30am – 5:00pm- Westfield’s Stratford City -31 Westfield Avenue, London E20 1EH
Saturday 9th October – 10:00am – 4:00pm – St Laurence Centre in Catford -37 Bromley Road, London SE6 2TS
Sunday 10th October – 09:30am – 4:00pm – Chelsea FC – Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London SW6 1HS
Sunday 10th October – 09.30am – 4.00pm – Lambeth Town Hall -1 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW
Saturday 25th September – 08.35am – 4.05pm – Manchester Blood Donor Centre – Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LL TBC
Sunday 3rd October – 10.00am – 2.00pm – Malcolm X Centre – St. Pauls, Bristol, BS2 8YH
Sunday 10th October – The Legacy Centre – 144 Potters lane, Birmingham B6 4UU
You can still register to give blood online if you cannot attend any of the blood donation events. You’ll be asked a few very simple questions which take less than 2 minutes of your time. Please help to save lives by registering at www.blood.co.uk.