On Friday, I was honoured to have been invited to speak at a Donor Recognition Ceremony held by NHS Blood and Transplant.
And I was delighted to have met so many wonderful donors and to have both thanked & congratulated them on being awarded their medals for 100 red blood cell donations and 250 platelet donations, which is amazing.
Amongst the many people I had the pleasure to meet were Amit, who has thalassemia and is a recipient of red blood cells every three weeks & Craig (a donor), who is pictured here with his wife Erica and eight day old baby, Agnes.
Thank you to NHSBT for inviting me to talk and especially to ALL blood donors – this talk is really for you: https://youtu.be/VgLV5urcZYY
The following day, Saturday 28 May was World Blood Cancer Day, an international awareness day when people all over the world can show their solidarity with blood cancer patients. It highlights the fact that every 35 seconds, someone somewhere in the world receives the shattering news that they have been diagnosed with blood cancer. Many patients are children and young people, and for many (like Margot) the disease proves fatal.
The red “&” sign, or ampersand, is the symbol of World Blood Cancer Day. It means that you & me need to join forces to delete blood cancer. If you haven’t yet ‘made your mark’, it’s not too late ! Please click here to find out how you can join one of the worldwide bone marrow registers and go on standby to potentially save a life.
I hope you’ve had a lovely Bank holiday weekend.
Together, saving lives
Previous Team Margot blog posts about blood donation:
Blood donation earlier today – a family affair
It’s rare to be a platelet donor but the need for platelets isn’t rare
Thank you to blood donors everywhere
Recognition ceremony for blood donors
Did you know that if you’re a blood donor
Husband to Vicki and father to Oscar (2007), Rufus (2008), Digby (2015), Humphrey (2017) & Margot (2012-2014)
Team Margot’s mission
To help save and improve lives by educating, inspiring and motivating people, especially from ethnically diverse communities, to register as blood, organ, stem cell and bone marrow donors and to provide a range of support to families caring for child cancer patients.
Team Margot also provides secretariat support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ethnicity Transplantation and Transfusion.