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Unison boss backs ACLT

FUNDRAISER: ACLT is charity of choice for new UNISON president Smith

THE AFRICAN Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) is to get much-needed fundraising help after the newly elected President of UNISON, said she is choosing it as her charity of the year.

Eleanor Smith, who became UNISON’s first black female President in June told The Voice: “I felt this is something that I really wanted to do.”

She added: “With UNISON, once you pick a charity, fundraising money then goes to that charity. We try and raise its profile within the branches. I think it’s important.”

Smith, a veteran union member and theatre nurse from Birmingham said she hopes to help further raise awareness of the ACLT’s life saving mission among black and other communities throughout Britain.

She added that she is hoping to motivate many people across the UK to become donors.

The ACLT, led by Beverley De-Gale and Orin Lewis, has spearheaded the drive to raise awareness of the need for black and mixed race blood and bone marrow donors.

In its 15 years, the charity has also helped save several lives by inspiring thousands of black and mixed race people to join donor registries.

The charity, which escaped closure after supporters raised £120,000 to keep it going earlier this year, has been asking the public to donate £10 per month to keep it going after being told its funding has been cut.

To become a donor or donate, call 0208 240 4480 or visit

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