Footballers support call for more black blood donors

Footballers support call for more black blood donors

SUPPORT: Jean Martial Django with flyers and team members at Plymouth Grove Donor Centre

FOOTBALL TEAM players are urging fellow black people to give blood.

Members of ‘2 Zero Manchester’ visited Plymouth Grove Donor Centre on Upper Brook Street to sign up as donors.

The players are all from Cameroon and they will be helping spread the word at a Cameroon National Day celebration at Wythenshawe Sports Ground on May 27th and 28th.

People from the same ethnic background are more likely to have matching blood groups, but there are not enough black donors – particularly donors with the valuable Ro blood subtype.

Ro is often crucial for people who need ongoing transfusions, such as sickle cell disease patients.

In Greater Manchester, only 2% of all donors are black.

NHS Blood and Transplant staff will be at the Cameroon day celebration to sign up new black blood donors, and in addition, around 650 people attending the gala night at the AJ Bell stadium in Salford on May 28 will receive ‘Give Blood’ leaflets.

Footballer Jean-Martial Django, 43, from Alt, who is managing the national day event, used to be a regular donor in Cameroon.

Jean-Martial, who works in maintenance at Manchester University, said: “Everyone needs blood, and you need the right blood for the patient. What happens to sick people if they don’t get it?

“It feels amazing to give blood. You are giving life. If you can give someone that gift, why shouldn’t you?

“People don’t understand the need for Black African donors but when they understand, they are willing to give.”

Jean Martial could not give a full donation on this occasion, because his blood was not flowing fast enough, but has arranged to come back again.

The footballers were also joined by Blaise Mendouo, a boxer who competed for Cameroon in the 2012 Olympics. Blaise now lives in Newton Heath and trains in Salford.

There are more than 31,000 blood donors in Greater Manchester but just 756 with the valuable Ro subtype.

People can sign up to donate online and the donor centres in Plymouth Grove and Norfolk House are ideal places for a first donation.

Richard Shortland, Head of Regional Blood Marketing, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the organisers of this event for their support.

“Blood donation saves lives and it’s vitally important that donors are representative of the population of the UK as a whole.

“It’s quick and easy to sign up as a new donor at blood.co.uk.”

Read every story in our hardcopy newspaper for free by downloading the app.

0

Latest Tweets

  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Bar Room Anthems, 24 Feb 2018 24 Feb 2018 - Rock & Pop at Hennessey's BarFREE The Bar R https://t.co/AcUBmPqGsm @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 4 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    How the number of EU workers heading to West Midlands has plunged since Brexit vote The https://t.co/57De2ZnHRL @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 4 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Delta Autumn, 23 Feb 2018 23 Feb 2018 - Rock & Pop at Dark HorseFresh off their EP laun https://t.co/tZF6Fq5cLQ @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 10 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Mayor of Wolverhampton Elias Mattu dies aged just 59 The Mayor of Wolverhampton has di https://t.co/nR6MLRMJOg @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 10 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Le Freak, 23 Feb 2018 23 Feb 2018 - Club at The Night Owl https://t.co/sBtaeHvfxf @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 16 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Boris Johnson urged to scrap plans for a bridge to France and spend the money on the NH https://t.co/lAc5t2LKbr @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 16 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Riggerz, 23 Feb 2018 23 Feb 2018 - Rock & Pop at Tower of Song https://t.co/YyBLCOxKtz @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 22 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    MP attacked and robbed by six muggers as he returns home from Parliament An MP was atta https://t.co/bSG2UPCcKz @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 22 hours ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    The Elvis Presley Songbook, 23 Feb 2018 23 Feb 2018 - Rock & Pop at Wharf Tavern https://t.co/Dwk4hgk4ED @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Police charge victims of car crime hundreds of pounds to give back their stolen vehicle https://t.co/FUMha4kHd2 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    The DiscoTek, 22 Feb 2018 22 Feb 2018 - Club at Lab 11 https://t.co/XCUDaJxJv8 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    £100m fund to support Midland SMEs launches - how companies can benefit Three funds pro https://t.co/kcXwzyAm3M @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    La Creation, 22 Feb 2018 22 Feb 2018 - Club at Mooch Bar https://t.co/dkJ8dPEJBR @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    University of Birmingham leads new rail research hub A new research centre which will f https://t.co/9t4gW4GpeA @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    The Platform, 22 Feb 2018 22 Feb 2018 - Rock & Pop at The Sun at the Station https://t.co/knh5a8xdKF @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    MPs endorse Labour council candidate who claimed ISIS doesn't exist Two Birmingham MPs https://t.co/wHbXp2bLo0 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about a day ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Birmingham Book Club, 22 Feb 2018 22 Feb 2018 - Spoken Word at Waterstone's, High Stree https://t.co/5Sa7Wv9KPU @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    UKIP leadership hopeful Bill Etheridge explains how he would save his party - Jonathan https://t.co/TaAVdf5KGz @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Exit Velocity, 21 Feb 2018 21 Feb 2018 - Jazz at Birmingham ConservatoireContemporary a https://t.co/Di2BKPi3FT @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Meet the first 'people power' Birmingham election candidates to be selected The indepen https://t.co/7sMmGRshEJ @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 2 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    How To Create A Podcast, 21 Feb 2018 21 Feb 2018 - Workshop at Impact HubAquila will la https://t.co/0pdhUZRWq7 @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Should Birmingham build a velodrome for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Midland MPs have gi https://t.co/RgOAVpnPZH @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    The Courtesy Group, The Nature Centre, 21 Feb 2018 21 Feb 2018 - Rock & Pop at The Cuba https://t.co/WIhulivi8L @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    All you need to know about new ‘cycle highway’ in Perry Barr The wheels are now rollin https://t.co/Kuq4f9WIJa @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago
  • GenesisRadioBhm
    Nostalgia Night, 21 Feb 2018 21 Feb 2018 - Rock & Pop at The Indie Lounge https://t.co/X9XWEVDyDM @jamtubetv @thenaturalmonk about 3 days ago