Boleyn Ground hosts sickle cell awareness conference

The conference will take place at the Boleyn Ground

The conference will take place at the Boleyn Ground - Credit: Archant

A conference to raise awareness of a potentially fatal blood condition is being held at the Boleyn Ground.

It comes as World Sickle Cell Day is marked tomorrow to spread the word about symptoms and treatments.

Sickle cell is most commonly found in people of African and Carribean origin, with around 250,000 in the UK thought to have the inherited condition.

It can cause anaemia, fatigue, joint pain and organ damage.

Currently there is no cure, and around half of those born with sickle cell will die before the age of five, according to the United Nations.

Part of the treatment involves blood transfusions, and Cllr Clive Furness, mayoral advisor for adults and health, urged anyone who is able to donate blood to do so.

He said: “Giving blood is a simple act that can help save another person’s life.

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“You could make a real difference to someone needing life-saving treatments for diseases like cancer or blood disorders as well as those undergoing surgery.”

To register for the conference, which takes place between 9am and 6pm on Saturday, June 27, call 020 8821 0800.