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Vote for the wildcard: B Positive choir

The B Positive Choir got a wildcard entry to the finals of Britain's Got Talent. Vote for them on ITV1 at 7.30pm Sunday 3rd June 2018.

3 June 2018


Support the NHS - vote for B Positive on Britain’s Got Talent tonight at 7.30pm on ITV1

The B Positive choir on Britain's Got Talent 2018After our emotional audition of ‘Rise Up’, our performance of ‘This Is Me’ (watch the video below) has got us through to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2018.

Please vote for us to help us continue to share our life saving message: GIVE BLOOD!

Download the free voting app: www.itv.com/britainsgottalent/app (details of how to vote via other methods will be broadcast throughout the programme).

Meet the choir

B Positive is made up of people whose lives are affected by the lifesaving power of blood. The choir members are blood donors and blood recipients, people who have blood-related medical conditions such as sickle cell, families, friends and people who work with blood. Meet the choir members.

Below: the B Positive choir performing in the semi finals. Courtesy of: ITV 

We need 700 new blood donors every day, so we are asking people to Rise Up and support the NHS and visit blood.co.uk to register or book your appointment.

Blood donors save lives – join the 6,000 daily donors who keep this country going. We need new donors every day to donate blood to help ensure patients get receive the best possible match.

Find out more about the choir and campaign by visiting:

www.blood.co.uk/bpositive

If you can’t register, or 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.

More ways to get involved

Notes to editors

Contact

NHS Blood and Transplant Press Office: Pressoffice@nhsbt.nhs.uk

B Positive - About us

The B Positive Choir was created by NHS Blood and Transplant to raise awareness of blood donation
We are made up of people from across the country whose lives are affected by the lifesaving power of blood
Our members include blood donors and blood recipient, people who have blood related medical conditions such as sickle cell, our families, friends and people who work with blood.

Our Aims

  • We need more people to register as new blood donors.
  • We need 250,000 new blood donors this year.
  • We need people who register as donors to actually go ahead and donate.
  • We need to recruit more young donors.
  • We need life-saving blood from new donors of all backgrounds, including minority ethnic communities, to provide the closest matches for all blood groups
  • We need more young people to come forward. 50% of our donor base is over the age of 45.
  • We need more new donors because the demand for special blood groups is going up.
  • We need to help black people understand the importance of blood matching, so they become blood donors.
  • We need to share information about conditions which require regular blood transfusions like sickle cell disease.
  • Every day we need more than 6,000 donations to continue saving lives. Over the last year 900,000 people have given up their time to help patients in need, but we need more new donors.
  • We urgently need 40,000 new black donors help people with sickle cell disease.

About sickle cell disease

  • Sickle cell is more common in black people and some other minority communities.
  • Sickle cell is the most common and fastest growing genetic disorder in the UK.
  • To get the best treatment, sickle cell patients need blood which is closely matched.
  • This is most likely to come from a donor of the same ethnicity. However, currently only 1% of blood donors in England are black.
  • 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.