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Mental health charity Risen teams up with blood charity

CHARITABLE: Risen teams up with Anthony Nolan

MENTAL HEALTH charity Risen has announced it is teaming up with UK blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan, to increase the number of young black donors on the stem cell register.

Fresh from its Grime Cypher, to raise awareness of mental health problems, the Risen team want to help to save the lives of more people with blood cancer who need a stem cell transplant.

Black patients currently have just a 20% chance of finding a match and, starting with a pop up event at the London Lions vs Glasgow Rocks basketball match at The Copperbox, on Friday 3 November the partnership aims to change this.

Chantelle Lewis, Co Founder of Risen said: "We are absolutely delighted to be working with Anthony Nolan on an initiative to register more black donors! Black people only have a one in five chance of finding a match meaning people are dying and waiting urgently for a match. To know that we can help save lives is what we are all about.

“The stress and anxiety associated with blood cancer diagnoses is difficult enough but, to have the added pressure that it will be harder for you to find a match purely based on the colour of your skin is something that is important to address. We want to save lives and save minds. We want the whole black community to come together and improve the quality of life for BME communities living in Britain."

Paul Guede, Co-Founder of Risen added: "Partnering with Anthony Nolan is a huge opportunity for us to engage with the young black community about stem cell donation, as most of us are not even aware of the effects of blood cancer or how hard it is for Black people to find a match.

"For us, improving the likelihood of a curing blood cancer and blood disorders is a really big deal. Losing loved ones often leads to mental health problems such as depression, stress and Bipolar disorder."

Chantelle added: "Representation is so important. Being members of the young black community, we can authentically identify and relate to our audience to encourage them that we need their help. It’s awesome to see Anthony Nolan using initiative to deliver a culturally sensitive campaign."

Paul commented: "If someone who seems removed from your community tries to tell you what to do, it doesn’t come across as genuine. It can really hurt the message when you’re thinking but you are old or you are from a different culture, you don’t understand me. We see our youthfulness as a distinct advantage to help us engage people effectively."

Having registered over half a million potential stem cell donors since their conception in 1974. Anthony Nolan have now partnered with Risen in a bid to recruit more young Black lifesavers.

Sarah Rogers, Regional Register Development Manager for London, at Anthony Nolan, said: "It’s important to partner with organisations with fresh approaches to talking to young people – in this case to highlight the need for young, Black stem cell donors.

Risen are a new charity committed to preventing mental health problems within the black community through promoting social and economic inclusion. Statistics show that black people in Britain are still more at risk to mental health problems than their white counterparts due in part to social, economic and institutional inequalities that remain in Britain today.

Sarah, at Anthony Nolan, added: "It’s inspiring to see Risen proactively engage their target audience through innovative events, and social media campaigns, to raise awareness of some of the health issues young black Britons face, such as mental health problems.

"It can be devastating to be told that, because of your background, you only have a 20% chance of finding a match. We are really looking forward to collaborating with Risen to help them register more young, black donors."

Chantelle of Risen added: "Our target is to bring hope to black blood cancer patients by registering more black stem cell donors aged between 16-30, over the course of the next year. We have some really cool social initiatives and event ideas to achieve this."

Risen in conjunction with Anthony Nolan shall be hosting a donor recruitment drive to register stem cell donors at the Copper Box Arena, London on Friday 3 November at 7.30pm at the London Lions vs Glasgow Rocks Game. Tickets start from just £7.

To enjoy the game and register to save a life, please buy your tickets here:
www.londonlionsbasketball.co.uk

See more about Risen here: www.risenuk.com Email team@risenuk.com

To join the Anthony Nolan register online, and for more information visit
www.anthonynolan.org/join

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