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Family fun day in West Ham aims to raise £2,000 for sickle cell awareness

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 August 2018

The family fun day will run from 12-5pm on August 18 at East London Rugby Club in Holland Road. Picture: Steve Poston

The family fun day will run from 12-5pm on August 18 at East London Rugby Club in Holland Road. Picture: Steve Poston

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A family fun day to raise awareness of sickle cells is taking place in West Ham.

The sickle cell trait, an inherited blood disorder which affects red blood cells, is found in a quarter of West Africans and 10 per cent of Afro-Caribbean people.

While the trait is not an illness, it can cause problems with anaesthetics, and if both you and a partner have the trait, there’s a 25 per cent your children may have sickle cell disorder.

The fun day is being organised to raise awareness of sickle cell traits, which are symptomless, and raise money for Sickle Cell Society.

There’ll be stalls with information on sickle cell disorder, along with the NHS blood and transplant service to book appointments for blood donations.

Bouncy castles, face painting and Xbox competitions will be running for the children, while there’ll also be vegan food, drinks and music to keep adults entertained. Visitors will be able to buy clothes from product stalls, and alternative entertainment is being provided in the form of an inflatable sumo wrestling game.

Organisers are aiming to raise £2,000 from the day, which will run from 12-5pm on August 18 at East London Rugby Club, E15 3BP. Book your tickets here.

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