The NHS Blood and Transplant VIP Appeal is a campaign to encourage people from the African /Caribbean and south Asian community to become Very Important People by donating blood.
Every day, 200 people from African /Caribbean and south Asian backgrounds give blood. It sounds like a lot, but we need blood donations from 7000 people a day just to meet demand.
Specific blood groups are also more common amongst people from the African/Caribbean and south Asian communities. For instance 25% of south Asian communities are blood group B, compared to only 9% of Caucasians. Rare blood group U negative is only found amongst people of African and Caribbean descent. Meanwhile, conditions like Sickle Cell Anaemia and Thalassaemia Major require regular blood transfusions and are more prevalent in both communities.
Your blood is special and will help save lives.
Become a VIP, do something amazing and give blood.
"I decided it was important to give blood as only 1% of the black community donates blood and until now I didn’t understand that my blood type is related to my ethnic origin."
Singer and Blood Donor
"I gave blood, it was quick and easy. I urge everyone from the south Asian community to do the same and help save lives."
Radio DJ and Blood Donor