Muslims in Sheffield are being urged to give blood in a bid to increase the number of donors from ethnic minority groups.
The Imam Blood Donation Campaign – hailed by the NHS Blood & Transplant service as the ‘largest national blood initiative in the Muslim community’ – is holding another blood drive across nine cities in the UK, including Sheffield.
Theo Clarke, NHSBT donor relations manager, said: “Often, rare blood groups are more common with ethnic minority groups, so encouraging people with rarer blood types to donate is a constant challenge”.
The NHSBT said a single blood donation has the potential to save three adult or seven infant lives, but currently only 4 per cent of the UK population are blood donors – and only 3 per cent of them are from an Asian, African or African-Caribbean background.
Noor Al-Hussaini, who donated in Sheffield last year, said: “The whole process went smoothly and I wondered why I hadn’t donated before”.
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