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NFYFC launch Life Blood campaign

Young Farmers’ across the UK are helping the nation by taking part in a new blood donation campaign.

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National chairman, Chris Manley (fourth from the right) and members after donating
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Save a life, join @NFYFC with the #YFCLifeBlood campaign. #giveblood #givelife

Members of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) are celebrating the launch of a new partnership to promote blood and organ donation.

 

Seven members from across England met at Luton Donor Centre yesterday (Tuesday April 12) to donate and launch the campaign, spearheaded by National chairman, Chris Manley.

 

Mr Manley launched the campaign as a way of proving that Young Farmers Clubs’ (YFCs) are the ’lifeblood of rural communities’.

 

Recruit

 

Mr Manley, in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant, is challenging Young Farmers from across England and Wales to register as new donors with the aim is to recruit 500 new blood and organ donors in 2016.

 

He said: "Blood and organ donation doesn’t cost the individual anything more than their time but it has the potential to make a huge amount of difference to local communities.

 

 


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"And doing good things like this in the local community will help to put Young Farmers on the map.

 

"It would be great to see all YFC county federations get behind this partnership and compete with each other to register the most donors and help save the most lives.”

 

The creation of 500 new blood and organ donors will go a long way to helping the thousands of patients who rely on these donations.

 

Generosity

 

Mr Manley was also inspired to launch the campaign by his sister who has donated blood 18 times.

 

Ian Trenholm, chief executive, NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We are delighted that Chris has chosen to support and promote blood and organ donation during his year as chairman.

 

"We rely on the generosity of donors and it is vital that more young people sign up to give blood and join the organ donor register.

 

"With blood donation especially, we constantly need to recruit more donors, to replace those who are no longer able to donate.”

What can you do?

NFYFC is encouraging all Young Farmers over the age of 17 to donate blood.

 

  • To register as a new donor, visit www.blood.co.uk
  • To sign up to the organ donor register, visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk
  • Visit NFYFC's dedicated website to find case studies, details of how to register as a donor.
  • In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood
  • If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating
  • Follow the hashtag #YFCLifeBlood for pictures and messages of support from members who have signed up.
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