As part of our 'Black Blood Appeal' Campaign and in the run up to our 1st Blood Drive, we asked our 4 ambassadors who are affected by Sickle Cell Disease some questions to raise awareness about Blood Donation and Sickle Cell in the African-Caribbean Community. Each of their stories are unique, yet reiterate the same message: the need for more black blood donors.
Name: Kehinde Salami
When were you first aware of your condition? I had it all my life but first found out when I was 24
What do you do? I am founder/Director of SickleKan sickle cell foundation, as well as a youth worker and work for the NHS recruiting Black blood donors for our various blood drives
What do you do to raise awareness of sickle cell anaemia? I run my own charity raising awareness as well as offer services to the community to support children families and adults affected by sickle cell disease, while also doing work in hospitals schools and other organisations raising awareness, plus supporting those affected by sickle cell
What is an interesting fact about yourself? Was born with a hole in my ear which they say is a throw back gene to when we had gills