Students in cricket whites pitch up to support NHS Blood and Transplant

Posted by ap507 at May 08, 2017 10:05 AM |
University of Leicester students donate blood

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 May 2017

PHOTO OPP: 12 Noon on 9 May at Leicester Donor Centre, Vaughan Way, Leicester

Students from the University of Leicester are supporting a call for more young blood donors in Leicester.

Players from the University of Leicester Cricket Club, 1sts, 2nds and the Development Squad will dress in their cricket whites to donate blood for the first time.

The event takes place from 12noon onwards on Tuesday 9 May at the Leicester Donor Centre in Vaughan Way, Leicester.

1st team Captain, Jack Stokes, who has enlisted willing volunteers, said: “I feel donating blood is something everyone should be a part of with its great benefits for people across the country. To be helping NHS Blood and Transplant in this event has been a great opportunity for the University cricket team and has enabled us to be part of something that really helps save people’s lives. With a wide demographic of students, we can provide blood to people from a wide diaspora of people."

An NHS Blood and Transplant spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to be working with the University of Leicester to promote blood donation. NHS Blood and Transplant always needs first time donors to replace those who can’t donate any more, and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to meet patient needs.

“It’s especially important that we recruit younger people to donate blood and we are particularly looking for new donors from black communities, donors with the universal blood group O negative, and donors with the valuable Ro blood group. Don’t worry if you don’t know your blood group before donating.”

Leicestershire County Cricket Club will also be supporting this event with the attendance of a player and Martyn Dobson, Head of Community Development. 

Also in attendance is the University’s Chief Operating Officer Dave Hall. He said: “We are delighted that our students are donating blood and making a vital contribution for the benefit of society.”

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Note to Newsdesk:

To book an appointment to donate visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 2323 to find your nearest session. It is also easy to book through mobile apps for Windows, Android and Apple devices. To download the app, search 'NHSGiveBlood' in the app store.

 

 

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