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High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Anthony Johnson has agreed to become the official patron of the Wolverhampton Sickle Cell Care and Social Activity Centre (WSCCSAC).

The Centre was set up in 2001 to complement existing services by providing specialist help and support in terms of outreach care and respite services for patients, carers and the parents of patients with Sickle Cell Anaemia and Thalassaemia.

The organisation, which is a registered charity, also provides social activities, educational and life skills support to children and young people with Sickle Cell Anaemia and Sickle Cell Thalassaemia.

Founder and Director of  (WSCCSAC), Jamaican born Claudette Mitchell said the inspiration came from her personal experiences in  caring for her husband and children who are affected by Sickle Cell disease.

“Sickle Cell Disorder is a serious blood condition and in the worse case scenario, it is life threatening; therefore this client group and their carers need help and support in coping with and managing the illness. Self-awareness and respite care are two key ways toward combating the difficulties that are faced. I am committed to offering a better quality of care to Sickle Cell sufferers and their carers,” Mrs. Mitchell said.

The Wolverhampton group is also seeking to make links with Sickle Cell support groups in Jamaica.