TEN community groups and organisations working in the north west have received a share of £685,000 funding as part of the Government’s commitment to continue to tackle health inequalities and promote organ, blood, and stem cell donation among black and Asian communities.

The community grants programme, previously known as the community investment scheme, is managed by NHS Blood and Transplant and helps to fund community, faith, or belief organisations to deliver projects that encourage more black and Asian people to become donors.

Charles Kwaku-Odoi, chief executive of the Caribbean & African Health Network, says: “We are delighted to be partnering with NHS Blood and Transplant again to continue to drive engagement around this very important agenda.

“We are keen to raise awareness of blood and organ donation so that our communities understand how vital that donated gift could be to save and improve the lives of those that need their help."