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Student's help for blood disorder.

A HUDDERSFIELD student wants help to raise awareness for a good cause.

University of Huddersfield student Leigh Bowser is trying to highlight a rare blood condition called Diamond Blackfan Anaemia, as her young niece Chloe suffers from it.

Leigh, 22, of Newsome, who is a final year textile crafts student, has started The Blood Bag Project to try and help.

The disorder affecting young Chloe means that her bone marrow does not create new red blood cells, causing her to become severely anaemic.

The Blood Bag Project, a craft campaign set up by Leigh, will allow people to create textile blood bags which will go on exhibition in a few months.

"People can go on the website and download the template that will enable them to create their own bag as long as they use textiles," said Leigh.

"I'm getting in touch with galleries in the hope to exhibit the blood bags I receive. I also look to set up an online exhibition."

Diamond Blackfan Anaemia (DBA) is a rare blood condition usually diagnosed before 12 months of age. Over 700 people worldwide are known to suffer from this disease.

Leigh hopes to be able to auction the blood bags and raise money for blood charities.

For details visit www.wix.com/leighlaloves to find out more information about the blood bag project, including how to download your free template.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 17, 2012
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