Almost 400 new blood donors are wanted on daily basis to help save lives.
But with solely 6% of donors coming from black, Asian and ethnic communities, the NHS warns it’s dealing with a scarcity.
To help deal with this, dozens of members from the Tahweed Newcastle Islamic Centre have donated blood.
The session on October 8 was organised with the intention of selling blood donation within the Muslim neighborhood.
And the date coincided with The Day of Arbaeen which marks 40 days after the Day of Ashura, the day Hussain ibn Ali was martyred within the Battle of Karbala.
Hussain ibn Ali is the grandson of the prophet Muhammad who sacrificed his life for social justice.
In honour of Hussain ibn Ali’s sacrifice, the Muslim neighborhood come collectively in October for a month of remembrance referred to as Muharram and encourage one another to help these in want.
Kamran Haider kindly volunteered to give blood and desires to encourage different folks in his neighborhood to do the identical.
The 39-year-old mentioned: “We are the followers of Holy Prophet Muhammad and to commemorate his martyrdom we’re inspired to go on that day and provides the donation of blood.
“In our faith throughout Muharram, we’re inspired to help these in want and we would like to help save folks’s lives by doing donating blood.
“However, extra consciousness is required in our neighborhood about donating so as to help others and to help extra members of our neighborhood revive recollections of the grandson of the Holy Prophet.”
Sheikh Meisam Ghasemi, director of Tawheed Newcastle Islamic Centre on Bentinck Road, mentioned: “Blood donation is a approach for us to honour the sacrifice made by Hussain ibn Ali and to help these in want.
“Giving blood is fast, secure, and clear, and the entire donation course of is simple. We need to encourage donors from all backgrounds and hope that this group session will turn out to be a daily occasion.”
With the necessity for extra donors from totally different ethnic backgrounds, Newcastle Donor Centre was delighted with the type donations.
Lynn Woods, Newcastle Donor Centre supervisor, mentioned: “We are very grateful to Sheikh Ghasemi and everybody on the Tahweed Newcastle Islamic Centre for making their first donations.
“Blood donation saves lives and to provide hospitals we’d like folks to donate by means of the yr.
“It’s straightforward to register to turn out to be a donor, we’d like almost 400 new, first time donors on daily basis to meet sufferers’ wants, to substitute these individuals who can not donate for causes resembling in poor health well being, age and being pregnant.
“Our donor centres are the right place to make your first donation, they’re vivid and fashionable with Wi-Fi, charging factors, and you may typically discover appointments within the evenings and weekends.
“There are round 48,000 donors from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities within the UK – round 6% of general donors – and we’d like extra.
“People from the identical ethnic background are extra doubtless to be a match however there’s a scarcity of Asian donors.”
NHS Blood and Transplant have a everlasting blood donor centre on Holland Drive, Newcastle, and is an ideal place to make the primary donation.
If you desire to to turn out to be a blood donor, register right now and guide an appointment by calling 0300 123 23 23 or go to www.blood.co.uk.