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Celebrities urge ethnic minorities to give blood this Oct

BLOOD DONOR: Actor Jimmy Akingbola

UK MUSICIAN Bashy and Holby City actors Jimmy Akingbola and Chizzy Akudolu are among the stars backing an annual campaign that is encouraging black and ethnic minority communities to give blood.

These celebrities are supporting the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust's (ACLT) campaign, the Daniel De-Gale Blood Donation Month.

It will run throughout Black History Month (Oct 1 to 31).

Akingbola, who is also an ACLT Ambassador, went one step further, donating blood yesterday (Oct 2).

With the help of National Blood Service, part of NHS Blood and Transplant, the ACLT and the celebrities are urging black, Asian and mixed race individuals to donate blood during October.

The campaign aims to help save lives while remembering the life of Daniel De-Gale, charity co-founder Beverley De‐Gale’s son.

LEGACY: The late Daniel De-Gale (centre) with mother Beverley De-Gale and step father Orin Lewis, ACLT co-founders

Daniel inspired thousands of people to become blood, bone marrow and organ donors as he overcame his battle with childhood leukaemia.

Sadly, Daniel passed away on October 8, 2008 from an unrelated health condition.

Beverley De-Gale said: “My son Daniel is the reason why the ACLT is here today. He was the inspiration behind the charity 16 years ago when it was founded and he continues to be the inspiration today.

“Daniel gave hope to leukemia sufferers everywhere. We hope as a community this is recognised on the fourth anniversary of his passing.

“We want the community to come together to celebrate his legacy and to donate one unit of blood on mass. With just one unit of blood having the ability to save three lives.”

BACKING: Holby City actors Jimmy Akingbola and Chizzy Akudolu

She said: “We’re asking all members of the ethnic community to do something small in order to achieve something really big – by becoming a life saver.”

The Charity is asking those already on the register to make regular blood donation every 16 weeks; three times a year for women and four times a year for men.

National Marketing Manager, Theo Clarke, at the National Blood Service, said: “We are honoured to commemorate Daniel’s life by co­hosting the Daniel De­Gale Blood Donation Month.

“We continue to work closely with the ACLT to raise awareness in the Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, for the need of blood donors.

“Their tireless work to encourage people to take the life saving step of becoming a donor has undoubtedly made a difference to so many patients.

CALL: Bashy

"As this is the fourth anniversary of Daniel’s passing, we ask not only that people come to donate once for this cause, but that they take up the challenge to donate 3 times a year and make donating blood a regular habit,” he said.

To find out more about the campaign and to book an appointment please call the national blood donation call centre on 0300 123 23 23 quoting code
‘R20’ or visit

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