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FIXERS: Life with sickle cell disease

Sanah Shaikh, 24 from Old Trafford was the first person of Asian descent in the North West to be diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and working with ITV Fixers is determined now to dispel some of the mystery surrounding the condition.

SCD is a genetic blood disorder - most commonly found in people of African descent - in which oxygen-carrying red blood cells develop abnormally and then clog blood vessels causing often severe pain.

Sanah says, "Sickle Cell Disease can have a huge impact on your life. I have been in and out of hospital for much of mine and suffered unbearable pain at times - but because it's not something you can see - people are less understanding towards sufferers."

Sanah was diagnosed when she was three, "There were times in hospital when I was a teenage when I became very depressed and isolated because of having SCD. So I think raising awareness is massively important because it will help others sufferers be better understood by their peers and others."

Youngsters with anxiety disorders need more support

Jake Land has panic attacks every day Credit: ITV Granada

A teenager is calling for more help for youngsters with anxiety disorders. Jake Land is 19 years old and from New Mills in Derbyshire. He's suffered panic attacks since the age of 11 and says there's a stigma surrounding the condition.

The charity Anxiety UK says more than ten per cent of people are likely to suffer a 'disabling anxiety disorder' at some stage in their life.

FIXERS: Calls for anxiety disorders to be taken more seriously

19 year old Jake Land from New Mills wants to spread the message about panic attacks, which he says are frightening symptoms of a serious condition.

"The first time it happened I was at a school sports day" he explains.

"Out of nowhere I started to feel really anxious that there were lots of people watching me. My palms were sweating, my heart started racing, I felt dizzy and like I couldn't breathe. It was so bad that I collapsed."

After this first attack, when he was 11, Jake suffered attacks every few weeks, but it grew worse as he grew older. "A few times people have mistaken me for being drunk," he says. "When I'm having an attack I sometimes get so dizzy I can't walk straight."

Jake is working with Fixers to spread information about panic attacks so that people can recognise them, and know how to help. The charity Anxiety UK says that more than ten per cent of people are likely to suffer a 'disabling anxiety disorder' at some stage in their life.


Video: Merseyside pupils raise awareness of cultural diversity among school mates:-

A group of sixth formers from Rainford on Merseyside who are concerned that, unlike young people in major cities, they're growing up with little contact with other races and cultures.

That's because they live in a small rural town which is overwhelmingly white.

They are working with Fixers- the ITV campaign that gives young people a voice- to raise awareness of cultural diversity among their school mates

Young people voice concern over road safety

It's estimated that every 13 hours a young person dies, or is seriously injured, in accidents on the region's roads.

It's the single biggest killer of young adults in the UK.

Now, a group of young people - including some from the North West - are tackling the issue.

They want to influence a forthcoming government Green Paper on young drivers.

They gathered at a special event, with celebrities and politicians, in London hosted by Fixers, the campaign that gives young people a voice.

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