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ACLT launch blood donation week

HONOURED: ACLT founders Beverley De-Gale OBE, left, and Orin Lewis, far right, with son Daniel De-Gale, middle.

THE AFRICAN CARIBBEAN Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) will host their third Daniel De-Gale Blood Donation Week next month.

From October 3 to 7, 2011 people will be invited to donate a unit of blood up and down the country in a bid to boost the number of black and mixed raced donors on the register. Currently only four percent of the UK population give blood, of which a mere 0.45 are black.

The ACLT, which recently became the chosen charity of Unison President Eleanor Smith, annually showcases the week-long programme in memory of leukaemia sufferer, Daniel De-Gale, who made a legacy of raising awareness in the black community and stressing the importance of donating blood, before his death on in 2008.

A statement from the charity read: "We would like you to join us in celebrating all that he achieved in his (Daniel) life by encouraging the community to help save lives by donating blood on a regular basis to help the thousands of people requiring frequent and sometimes life saving blood transfusions.

"With just one unit of blood having the ability to save three lives, we're asking all members of the African and Caribbean community to do something small in order to achieve something really big by becoming a life saver."

To book an appointment call the ACLT on 020 8240 4480 or visit

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