United By Blood

  • Melissa Thermidor

Part of a new coalition of Black organisations that came together to launch a blood donation campaign in memory of 21-year-old sickle cell warrior Evan Nathan Smith. Evan Nathan Smith died after being refused a timely blood transfusion, whilst in hospital. A recent coroner’s inquest concluded, had Evan Nathan who worked as a Sports Analyst, received the blood transfusion he had requested, his life may have been saved. The campaign entitled, ‘United by Blood: Donating in memory of Evan Nathan Smith’ consists of three organisations, ACLT, Black Mums Upfront and CellFeForLife, supported by NHS Blood and Transplant. The blood donor drive took place on Saturday 19th June (World Sickle Cell Day) and Sunday 20th June (Father’s Day), where over 200 people from the black community donated blood. Saturday 19th June – World Sickle Cell Day • London, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush Donor Centre • London, Westfield Stratford City Donor Centre • London, West End Blood Donor Centre • Manchester, Norfolk House Donor Centre • Birmingham Blood Donor Centre, New Street • Bristol Blood Donor Centre Sunday 20th June – Father’s Day • London, Tottenham Hotspur (Football) Stadium • London, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton