Drive to recruit more Muslim blood donors in Sheffield

Blood is taken from Star Reporter, Richard Marsden, at the Sheffield Give Blood centre on Church Street
Blood is taken from Star Reporter, Richard Marsden, at the Sheffield Give Blood centre on Church Street
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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”.

n For details, visit www.ius.org.uk/giveblood