1. ITV Report

MOBOs form new choir to raise awareness of sickle cell disease

It is just 24 hours to go before one the biggest dates on the music Calendar - the Music of Black Origin or MOBO awards which take place in Leeds on Wednesday night.

The ceremony promises to be a sparkling event - with renowned artists from around the globe gathering at the First Direct Arena. But beneath the glitz and glamour there is a serious message, with the MOBOs again promoting an urgent appeal for new black blood donors to help people with sickle cell anaemia.

Solome Mealin Sickle Cell patient Credit: ITV Yorkshire

This year it has formed a choir - B-Positive - made up of people who either have the condition or who've been directly affected by it.

They will be singing live at the show to help get that vital message across.

Victoria Whittam's been to meet one woman from Leeds who knows only too well why the campaign is so important.

To find out more about sickle cell anaemia and how you can become a donor visit

More on this story