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Harlesden charity Sickle Cell Society wins national award and funding boost

PUBLISHED: 12:32 29 May 2018

The Sickle Cell Society with their award.

The Sickle Cell Society with their award.

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A Harlesden charity that supports people with sickle cell disorder has won a national award and a much-needed financial boost.

Matthew Neal, Ainhoa Munoz, Siann Millanaise, Miriam Williams, Peter Lloyd, John James, Adam LloydMatthew Neal, Ainhoa Munoz, Siann Millanaise, Miriam Williams, Peter Lloyd, John James, Adam Lloyd

The Sickle Cell Society, in Station Road, has beaten more than 350 organisations to be one of eight winners of this year’s GSK IMPACT Awards, which recognises excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

The charity will receive £30,000 as part of its prize, as well as a support and development package courtesy of The King’s Fund.

About 15,000 people in the UK have sickle cell disorder, which is an inherited blood disorder which mainly affects people of black African and African Caribbean heritage.

The condition can cause chronic fatigue, pain, damage to vital organs and leads to early death.

John James, chief exec of the Sickle Cell Society, said: “It is fantastic recognition that we are doing good work for people with sickle cell disorder, and I am sure it will further enhance our reputation in the sector.”

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