19 October was National Thalassaemia Day, and it was an important opportunity to raise awareness and support those affected by this blood disorder that disrupts haemoglobin production.

Individuals with Thalassaemia have minimal or no haemoglobin, crucial for oxygen transport by red blood cells. Treatment can be intensive and involves regular blood transfusions.

Our community in Southgate has the highest number of people with thalassaemia in the country.

I was delighted to join London Greek Radio to discuss thalassaemia in my role as chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Thalassaemia.

You can show your support for people with thalassaemia by learning more about the condition and following the UK Thalassaemia Society’s incredible work below.