By writer to www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk
A CHARITY held its first face-to-face organ donation consciousness occasion following the lockdown.
‘Let’s Speak About You and Me’ is run by One Voice Blackburn and has obtained a share of £600,000 funding as a part of the federal government’s dedication to sort out well being inequalities in Black and Asian communities.
Having beforehand solely targeted on selling organ donation, the scheme has now been opened to incorporate initiatives which additionally spotlight the significance of blood donation.
The primary Covid-secure occasion at Bangor St Group Centre included a 90-minute consciousness workshop.
Specialist nurse in organ donation Angela Ditchfield spoke in regards to the strategy of transplants, each dwelling and in any other case. She additionally defined the necessity of donors from the South Asian neighborhood.
Within the UK there are at the moment estimated to be at the very least 2,569 folks on the ready record for a kidney transplant and 580 of these are from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds.
Sadia Rafiq obtained a kidney transplant in 2013, and he or she spoke of her journey and the way it has modified her life. The occasion was hosted by Saima Zeb.
Attendee Batool stated: “I realized so much about organ donation and it modified my perspective on the entire subject. It has significantly made me take into account signing as much as be an organ donor. Listening to Sadia’s private story made me really feel very impressed by her journey.
Ruksana stated: “This was positively an insightful occasion for me because it supplied a radical perspective on organ donation and the good work folks have finished.
“I’d positively suggest attending future occasions set by this group because the service is superb and views had been introduced in an fulfilling setting the place neutral recommendation is given.”
One Voice well being lead Nazia Khan stated: “We’re delighted to have had such a superb end up.” after the lockdown. We’ve a wonderful observe report in working with the blood and transplant staff. The workshops and focus teams to permit a larger understanding of organ donation into our communities.”
The following occasion will likely be hosted on-line on June 27.