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Urgent call for more donors with rare blood type across Yorkshire

There are calls for more donors with a rare blood type to come forward in Yorkshire.

New figures show a dramatic increase of rare blood types across Yorkshire Credit: ITV Yorkshire

New figures show there has been a dramatic increase in demand for Ro and Kell negative blood across the county over the last four years.

The blood is used to help people with a rare, painful blood disease called sickle cell anemaia - but only 2% of current donors have this blood type.

In Sheffield there has been a 419 per cent increase in demand over the last four years.

Meanwhile in Leeds it is up 167 percent.

Solome Mealine from Leeds Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Solome Mealin - from Leeds - relies on these blood donations to live - and is joining a campaign to raise awareness and get more people to donate.

  • Video report by Katharine Walker