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Sickle Cell Warrior

Written by Bianca Elgar

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Posted on February 01 2019

This year, I’ve chosen to donate 10% from the online sales of selected items in my Home range to the Sickle Cell Society, who are celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2019.

This new collection of lifestyle accessories features the Men and Women prints found in the Out of Africa collection, inspired by my travels around Northern Africa.  I have spent many hours in the Tiskiwin Museum in Marrakech, a hidden gem which contains a small but impressive private collection of artefacts from across the continent, gathered over many years by Dutch anthropologist Bert Flint.  There I saw multiple representations of masks, shields and beads, all used to symbolise both protection and defence, expressing an invincible force to be reckoned with.

African Mask Note CardsAfrican Mask MugsAfrican Women Mugs

This is the message I would like to convey for the Sickle Cell Society, by supporting them and becoming a “warrior” for them.

There are around 15,000 people living with Sickle Cell in the UK alone, and their quality of life is dependent on receiving appropriate care.  The Society seeks to support those living with Sickle Cell but can only do so if funding is made available.  Not only is money required for treatment, but also to educate health carers and other professionals about the condition. Sickle Cell can present in different ways, to both men and women, and whilst it is particularly common in those with an African or Caribbean family background, it does not discriminate.   

The Sickle Cell Society works with all who are affected and offers equal access to their services within a confidential and sensitive environment. They respect the views of every patient and have a network of committed volunteers who play an important part in running the charity, in providing administrative backup, and helping with fund-raising activities.

The Society benefits from the support of a wide range of individuals and organisations who together play a vital role in its success, but donations are still critical as without funding the Society would be unable to finance their essential awareness, research and educational projects.   And, just as importantly, the wealth of emotional support which they give, including a full programme of fun activities specifically designed for children with Sickle Cell (and their siblings); a satellite group targeting 16-25 year olds living with Sickle Cell whilst navigating the tricky transition years from home to independence; and vital information on a national network of support groups.

I strongly urge you to visit their website for more information, links and inspirational videos.