Giving blood saves lives. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments.
Many people would not be alive today if donors had not generously given their blood.
While people from all communities and backgrounds do give blood, fewer than 5% of our blood donors who gave blood in the last year were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
This is despite black, Asian and minority ethnic communities representing around 14% of the population. Langar Aid want to help and try and readdress this balance.
Around 6,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant across the UK. On average, three people a day die in need of a transplant due to the shortage of people willing to donate their organs.
There is a particular need to increase the number of people from black and Asian communities who become organ donors after death and who donate a kidney during their lifetime. People from black and Asian communities are more likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes and certain forms of hepatitis than white people. This makes them more likely to need a transplant.
Although many black and Asian patients are able to receive a transplant from a white donor, for many the best match will come from a donor from the same ethnic background. Unfortunately, donation rates from these communities are a lot lower than for white people. By increasing the number of black and Asian deceased organ donors and living organ donors each year, we will narrow the waiting time gap and save and improve the lives of more black and Asian patients.