DONATIONS NEEDED: People are invited to donate teddy bears and toys to children suffering with sickle cell
SICKLEKAN, A non-profit organisation for the care and support of sickle cell patients in partnership with the Sickle Cell Society, requests donations of toys and other children's materials from the public to cheer-up and support children managing the condition in the sickle cell wards in Lewisham and Kings College hospital in London.
This toy initiative is part of SickleKan's goal to spread awareness of the disease through various avenues and lasts until 31 May 2017.
Kehinde Salami, Founder and Director of SickleKan, says:
"We believe that by making people aware and giving them the correct tools to aid themselves or others in need of assistance, this would mean a decrease in the amount of sickle cell patients feeling neglected and improperly cared for.
"With the right funding and support we can reach and provide information and support to members of the community, schools, business and other organisations.
"We can try and address the grey areas surrounding sickle cell and implement measures to rectify this.”
The sickle cell disease, regarded as the world’s largest genetic blood disorder is suffered by about 15,000 people in the UK and about three quarters of that amount, mostly children, reside in London.
Salami and some other members of the SickleKan organisation who are also sickle cell patients understand first-hand the lethal nature of this disease and the difficulty in managing it. Hence, they are determined to raise its awareness.
To make a donation of toys, stuffed animals and other gifts in a 'new-ish' condition that children can enjoy whilst in hospital, please email firstname.lastname@example.org - the toy drive ends on 31 May 2017.
Cash donations can be made by visiting one or both of the following web pages:
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