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Monday September 1, 2008Nhs Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Fun Day

By Rhonda Richards | In Charity

Manchester NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre held an Awareness Fun Day, which was an event to raise the profile of both of the disorders.

Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia are inherited blood disorders that affect the haemoglobin in the red blood cells and the disorders may be passed on to children if both parents are carriers. Both sickle cell and thalassaemia are not infectious. All races may be affected by either Sickle Cell or Thalassaemia, however, Sickle is commonly found in people who come from, or whose ancestors came from:

  • Africa
  • India
  • Southern Greece
  • Southern Italy
  • Middle East- in particular Sudan, Iran & Iraq

Thalassaemia is commonly found in people who come from, or whose ancestors come from:

  • Mediterranean countries
  • Middle Eastern countries
  • Asia
  • Africa/Caribbean
  • North Europe including the U.K.

Although Micah was unable to attend to event personally, he donated a signed shirt which was put to auction allowing the funds raised to be put back into centre.