Published: Tuesday 18th May 2021

Today, a new coalition of Black organisations have come together to launch 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 will take place on Saturday 19th June (World Sickle Cell Day) and Sunday 20th June (Father’s Day).

To register to donate blood and attend the United by Blood: Donating in memory of Evan Nathan Smith blood donation sessions, individuals should call the priority booking line on 0300 303 2737.

Please note – There are limited slots left. Book your appointment today! If you can’t get an appointment on the 19th or 20th June please book an alternative date.

United by Blood donation sessions will take place at the below locations (dates included):

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

Donating blood is safe, only takes 10 minutes and can save up to three lives. Blood transfusions help to prevent or relieve the painful symptoms and complications of Sickle Cell, a disease which Evan Nathan had. There are 14,000 Sickle Cell warriors in the UK, and it is the fastest growing blood disorder with 300 babies born each year.


On Monday 14th June (TODAY) at 5pm ACLT we will return with our third instalment of BLACK PEOPLE, LET’S TALK series, this time focusing on blood donation.

The live discussion will get to the bottom of why blood donation is low within the community and what barriers are facing potential donors from stepping forward. It doesn’t matter what side of the fence you sit on regarding this subject, as always, we want to hear from you all during the live conversation.

To register for your FREE ticket via Eventbrite to attend BLACK PEOPLE, LET’S TALK BLOOD DONATION, please click here.