Paint it RED for charity awareness

Kidderminster Shuttle: TALKING RED: Rosamund Cooper, centre, with Karen Richards and Dawn Whitehead. TALKING RED: Rosamund Cooper, centre, with Karen Richards and Dawn Whitehead.

A KIDDERMINSTER woman took part in a campaign led by The Haemophilia Society with the aim of raising awareness of bleeding disorders in women.

Rosamund Cooper, 40, of Shrubbery Street, who suffers from Von Willebrand disease, the most common bleeding disorder, held events in support of the Talking Red campaign.

Mrs Cooper said: “I have a fair few problems with bleeding but I know many women who may have milder forms of the disorder and could get significant help if they were only diagnosed.

“The problems are that bleeding isn’t often discussed and it is such a subjective issue.”

Mrs Cooper hosted two Paint it RED events, in which women throw nail parties or wear red lipstick to show their support for the campaign.

“I held two events last week, on Wednesday and Saturday, to educate my female friends and to share experiences,” she said.

“I am hoping that this grows year on year and we reach the many thousands of undiagnosed women.”

The Talking Red campaign urges women to understand the symptoms of a bleeding disorder and to share that knowledge with their female friends, family and co-workers.

Symptoms include frequent and heavy periods, bruising easily, frequent or heavy nosebleeds, bleeding heavily after surgery, prolonged bleeding after a dental procedure and abnormal bleeding after childbirth.

Liz Carroll, chief executive of The Haemophilia Society, said: “We are asking everyone to get Talking Red to put the spotlight on bleeding disorders that affect women.”

For more information on bleeding disorders or to get involved in the campaign visit talkingred.org

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