What is OSCAR?

OSCAR stands for Organisation for Sickle Cell Anaemia Research.


Bristol OSCAR was founded in 1984 to raise awareness of Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia  disorder in Bristol and surrounding areas. It is a non profit making ltd. company with charitable status and is run by a democratically elected management committee.


Bristol OSCAR holds at least two general meetings each year which are open to the public.

We believe that through testing and awareness carriers of the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia trait can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world through knowledge.



1. To increase the number of sufferers, carriers of the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia trait and families/ contacting the OSCAR Centre for support, advice and education and counselling. 

2. To increase the hours the centre is used to provide support, advice, education and awareness. 

3. To increase the involvement of younger people to help shape the services delivered by Bristol OSCAR. 

4. To ensure provision of a quality service. 

5. To increase the awareness of services that Bristol OSCAR offer to local GP practices and other healthcare professionals. 

6. To increase the awareness and testing by the community and the public about Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia. 

7. To provide assurance that the information and education provide is up to date and in line with any national standards for Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia. 

8. To consider future opportunities to develop a community hub that supports health and wellbeing for the local community. 

9. To support a smooth transition between hospital and community when approached by sufferers, carriers, families/carers for information and advice. 

10. To give Counselling to sufferers 


Bristol OSCAR's

Mission Statement.

  • To promote the relief of persons suffering from Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia blood disorders.

  • To educate the public in order to increase knowledge and understanding of Sickle cell and Thalassaemia blood disorders.

  • To promote research into the nature, prevalence, treatment and prevention of Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia disorders, to disseminate and publish the results thereof.

  • To raise the level of awareness of Sickle Cell disorder and Thalassaemia, among the public and the medical profession, for the benefit of inhabitants in Bristol and surrounding areas.

  • To offer support and counselling to people with Sickle Cell or Thalassaemia, and other related unusual haemoglobinpathies.

  • To raise funds, invite or receive donations and contributions, whether by subscriptions or otherwise.

  • To support and sponsor promising areas of research.

  • Do all such other lawful things as shall further the charitable objectives of the organisation.

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