As part of international Sickle Cell Awareness Month, this September we are addressing sickle cell head on with our #DearSickleCell campaign in partnership with Unsickle My Cells UK.
People with sickle cell are sharing their experiences by talking directly to the disease, expressing their feelings towards it, in order to help others better understand the pain and everyday struggle sickle cell patients and their loved ones go through.
As Black donors are ten times more likely to have a blood type needed to treat the 15,000 people in the UK with sickle cell, we’re asking people from Black African and Black Caribbean backgrounds to come forward to donate blood to help treat sickle cell patients. You can do so by registering to donate today.
If you or someone close to you has sickle cell, you can get involved by sharing your story on social media using the hashtag #DearSickleCell.
Find out more about our #DearSickleCell participants and their loved ones.
About the campaign
The #DearSickle campaign was devised by Chanel Taylor, CEO and founder of Unsickle My Cells UK.
Unsickle My Cells UK is a community organisation aiming to promote awareness of sickle cell from the individual's perspective, raise awareness and understanding within communities at risk of having sickle cell, whilst campaigning for more blood donors to assist sickle cell patients.
The #DearSickleCell campaign is also supported by NHSBT's network of events and outreach officers, Cynthia and Mary Adeturinmo, who help to raise awareness of sickle cell and encourage people from Black African and Black Caribbean backgrounds to give blood.
How you can help
- Our #DearSickleCell participants and other sickle cell patients need regular transfusions in order to lead normal lives. Help them do this by becoming a blood donor. If you can’t get an appointment when you want one, please don’t give up. Patients need blood all year round, so please come back to us later.
- Read more about sickle cell and why we need more black donors.
- Follow us on social media and share our messages or share your story using the hashtag #DearSickleCell:
- Download and share images on social media to show your support.