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Meet 'Britain’s Got Talent' NHS contestants

FAMILY: Simonne and Kavele Kerr

THE B Positive Choir’s emotional performance of Andra Day’s Rise Up during last month’s audition on Britain's Got Talent received a standing ovation from the 4,000 strong audience and reduced celebrity judges Amanda Holden, Alicia Dixon and the great British public to tears.

Fresh from their appearance on The One Show for the NHS Patients Association Awards, the choir are now preparing for the Semi Finals and are asking the nation to ‘Rise Up’ and to support them during their journey to inspire people to become blood donors’.

Simonne Kerr, who is 31 and lives in London, tragically lost her six-year-old son Kavele to complications of sickle cell disease in 2015. She joined the choir to raise awareness of how vital blood donors are for people with blood conditions such as sickle cell, and to encourage more people to give blood.

Simonne, a haematology/oncology nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, said: “Singing can be such an uplifting experience so joining the B Positive Choir seemed the obvious way to raise awareness of the urgent need for more young and black people to give blood while doing something positive and motivational."

The choir is made up of people whose lives are affected by the power of blood donation and their stories are inspiring; from patients who have regular transfusions to stay alive through to staff within the NHS.

Their appearance on Britain’s’ Got Talent celebrates the 6,000 daily donors who keep this country going and the ongoing need for new donors. This year alone across England, they need 250,000 new donors – a staggering 25% increase compared to last year to ensure the NHS has the right blood groups at the right time, particularly blood groups like O negative, A Negative and Negative.

NHS Blood and Transplant is particularly appealing for younger people to come forward, with 50% of donors over the age of 45 years old and new donors from the black community to help provide sickle cell patients with urgently needed closely matched blood.

NHS Blood and Transplant first made a rallying appeal in June 2017 after a 75% increase in the amount of Ro blood – a special subtype which is most common in black people – had been issued to hospitals between 2014 – 2016.

Since the appeal, there has been a 55% increase in the number of registrations from the black community. However, they still need 10,000 new donors from the black community to provide life-saving treatment to people with sickle cell disease; the most common and fastest growing generic disorder in the UK.

The choir want your support, so watch them during the live semi-finals at the end of May and book an appointment to give blood.

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