B Positive Choir and Lurine Cato say ‘Rise up and Give Blood’

The NHS B Positive Choir and gospel sensation Lurine Cato launch Rise Up, to encourage more people to Rise Up and be counted as blood donors

11 December 2017

The NHS B Positive Choir and Gospel sensation Lurine Cato launch Rise Up, to encourage more people to Rise Up and be counted as blood donors, as well as raise vital funds to help support the life changing work of NHS sickle cell wards.

B Positive is a group of 60 singers from across England who live with sickle cell disease, their families, helpers and friends. The choir was formed with the mission to create awareness of sickle cell disease and the need for more blood donors.

Fresh from their powerful television debut at the MOBO Awards 2017 in which they shared the stage with Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers, the B Positive Choir are proud to announce the release of their first single "Rise Up", a rendition of Andra Day’s original song. With lead vocals by gospel sensation, Lurine Cato.

NHS Blood and Transplant and MOBO first started to work together in 2016, to spread awareness of the urgent need for more blood donors to a wider audience.  NHS Blood and Transplant urgently needs 200,000 new blood donors each year in order to help provide those who need it with the best care possible. One donation takes an hour and can save up to three lives.

B Positive Choir feat. Lurine Cato

Choir director Colin Anderson said: “We need 200,000 new blood donors each year.

"Over the last year 900,000 people have given up their time to help patients in need. But we need more new donors.

"Every day, we need 6,000 donations to continue saving lives. We need life-saving blood from new donors of all backgrounds to provide the closest matches for all communities.

"We are particularly looking for younger people and black communities to come forward."

Lurine Cato said: “We urgently need 40,000 new black donors help people with sickle cell disease. Sickle cell is more common in black, South Asian and Minority Ethnic people. Blood from black donors provides the closest match to black people who need blood.”

MOBO CEO and Founder, Kanya King MBE said: “We are proud to be partner with NHS Blood and Transplant on the "B Positive" campaign to help recruit new donors, and use our platform to help reach a wide audience. We were honoured to be able to provide B Positive Choir with their television debut, and it's amazing to see the response they have received.”

For information about B Positive, visit the B Positive website.

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About Blood Donation

In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood. If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating. To find out more or book an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk, call 0300 123 23 23 so search for ‘NHS Give Blood’ app.

About Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell is more common in Black, South Asian and Minority Ethnic people.Around 15,000 people in the UK have Sickle Cell Disease. Each month hospitals in England request 3-4,000 units of red cells to treat patients with Sickle Cell. Some blood groups such as B positive and RO are more common in black people.

About NHS Blood and Transplant 

NHSBT is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority. We are responsible for ensuring a safe and efficient supply of blood and associated services to the NHS in England. We are also the organ donation organisation for the UK and are responsible for matching and allocating donated organs. We are an essential part of the NHS and take pride in saving and improving lives by making the most of every voluntary donation, from blood and organs to tissues and stem cells.

Blood donors can search for sessions, book appointments, change/cancel their appointments and change their contact details in real time at www.blood.co.uk. There are apps available for Android, Windows and Apple Smartphone and tablet devices which enable donors to search for sessions based on their location and book and manage appointments.

Our donor line -0300 123 23 23 -is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. NHS Blood and Transplant needs to collect 1.6 million units of blood each year to meet the needs of patients across England. It’s important that we collect the right amount of each blood group at the right time to meet patient needs.  

There are four main blood groups – O, A, B and AB. Group O is the most common and therefore the most in demand. A regular supply of blood is vital – red cells last 35 days and platelets only 7days. The overall demand for blood is falling by 3-4% per year due to improvements in clinical practice and is a trend that is being seen around the world and also thanks to our work with hospitals to ensure blood is used appropriately for patients.

We need just under 200,000 new blood donors each year to replace those who no longer donate and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to match patient needs in the future. Some blood groups, such as O negative (the universal blood group), A negative and B negative are particularly vulnerable to shortfalls. We also need more black African, black Caribbean, mixed race and South Asian people to become blood donors to reflect the ethnic diversity of patients.

About MOBO

MOBO Organisation, was established in 1996 by Kanya King MBE to motivate, elevate and celebrate the outstanding achievements of artists in under-served musical genres, from soul, RnB and reggae to hip hop, Jazz and gospel and has been a major influencer in elevating afrobeat and grime to the mainstream. Over the years, MOBO Organisation has developed from the highly anticipated annual MOBO Awards into a pioneering movement encouraging cultural and social responsibility and change.

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