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Save Someone's Life While Going About Yours

Together we can help stop the pain experienced by black patients with sickle cell disease.

We need 200,000 new blood donors to ensure that patients in the future have access to the blood they need, when they need it. We urgently need 40,000 new black donors to stop the pain experienced by black patients with sickle cell disease. They need life-saving blood from black donors, which provides the closest match to their own.

What is sickle cell disease?

Sickle cell disease is the most common and fastest growing genetic blood disorder in England and the UK. It is a serious condition which affects the blood and various organs within the body, causing extreme pain, life threatening infections and other complications such as stroke or loss of vision. Blood transfusions can help prevent or relieve these symptoms. In the UK, 15,000 people have sickle cell disease and over 300 babies are born each year with the condition. It is most common in black people.

Advances in the treatment of sickle cell disease mean that patients with sickle cell disease are living longer but the demand for transfusions is higher than ever before. To get the best treatment, patients need blood which is closely matched to their own. This is most likely to come from a donor of the same ethnicity. Yet only 1% of current blood donors are black.

A sickle cell patient's story

 

 

In this video, sickle cell patient Ola talks to the people of Tooting about blood donation within the black community.

We urgently need 40,000 more black donors to give blood and help meet the increasing demand. Save the lives of others, while going about yours.

Why not share Ola's video?

Click the share button in the top right hand corner of the video to share on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

For more ways to share, view Ola's video on YouTube

Read more about our #ImThere campaign here

What happens when I give blood?

Hannah's story

Hannah, 22, was a university student in Nottingham when she gave her first blood donation at Nottingham Donor Centre in February 2016.

 

Hannah has since graduated and returned home to London, where she hopes to continue donating.

She agreed to be take part in a film to help demonstrate to other first time donors what the donation process involves and to encourage other first time donors to sign up.

Why not share Hannah's story?

Click the share button in the top right hand corner of the video to share on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

For more ways to share, view Hannah's story on YouTube

Make some noise!

Share our digital materials and help us save lives

We need you to help us to recruit 200,000 new blood donors and 40,000 new black blood donors.

You can help us by:

  • Sharing our social media assets online
  • Putting up our posters
  • Organising an event to raise awareness
  • Using our digital banners and written copy on your intranet or website

Downloadable posters

Help spread the word about the new for new black blood donors.

Choose from our selection of posters below.  

Customisable posters

Need something a little more flexible?

Choose from our selection of customisable posters. 

Share our message on social media

Facebook

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Search 'give blood' here to customise your profile and support our campaign 

Organising an event or donating blood?

Let us know! Please add details of your event or donation to your Facebook post and link to our website via the following link: http://bit.ly/2sr61bw

Twitter

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Suggested posts

  • Save the lives of others, while going about yours . Register to give blood. #ImThere
  • @GiveBloodNHS need 40,000 new black donors. Be there and sign up to save lives. #ImThere
  • Proudly say #ImThere for those whose lives depend on you and register to give blood

Read more about our #ImThere campaign here

Organising an event or donating blood?

Let us know! Please add details of your event or donation to your Twitter post and link to our website via the following link: http://bit.ly/2sr61bw

Instagram

 

Download our images to share on your Instagram account.

Organising an event or donating blood?

Let us know! Please add details of your event or donation to your Instagram post and link to our website via the following link: http://bit.ly/2sr61bw

Website materials

Download our assets to put on your website or intranet.

Please link to our website via the following tracked link: http://bit.ly/2rXG5YJ

Email signatures

Download our email signatures to share key messages within your workplace.

Screensavers

Download our screensavers and show your support at home or at work.

Logos

Download our logos and link to our website using the following link: http://bit.ly/2rXG5YJ