June 5, 2017 | 15:25pm

Monday 19th June is World Sickle Cell Day.

If this is also your birthday, perhaps you’d like to support Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity with your Little Sharers party?

Sickle cell is an inherited blood disorder which affects the red blood cells. The cells become misshapen, and because of their sickle shape, they can’t squeeze through small blood vessels as easily as normal cells. Blood vessels then get blocked, stopping oxygen getting to where it is needed. It can cause severe pain, organ damage and stroke.

There is no cure, and for children born with the condition, it can be tough to figure out how to live with it. That’s where our Roald Dahl specialist children’s nurses come in. They look after children with sickle cell and their families. They help children and their families, friends and teachers to understand the condition. They help children to learn to take their medication, keep warm and do everything they can to prevent a painful sickle cell crisis and hospital admission. There aren’t enough specialist nurses to look after all of the children in the UK with sickle cell, but by choosing to donate to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity through Little Sharers, you can help us to change that, and to put more nurses into the areas where they are needed most.

So why not share your party with Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity this World Sickle Cell Day?

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