Tigers support NHS Blood and Transplant

Posted: Thursday 25th June 2015 - 1:40 PM

With the recent arrival of Tigers player Lee Jewitt’s twins 14 weeks prematurely the Tigers know firsthand how vital blood donations are with both twins having undergone blood transfusions at just one week old. The arrival of the twins really sparked a fuse with the Tigers team to get more involved and what better way to spread the word than to encourage more people to give blood.

Today Castleford Tigers, players, coaches, staff and families all came together on mass to sign up as blood donors and now they’re asking you to do the same.

Tigers media and marketing manager Michelle Cooper is delighted to be able to help:

“Becoming ill and being in hospital is not something we plan for and we just take it as a given that if we need an operation then there’ll be blood available. The last few weeks at the club has been a real eye opener to us all and without hesitation when we first suggested we all sign up as Blood Donors everyone embraced the idea. Our donations will save lives, and if all our fans become donors too then we’d certainly make a big impact on blood supplies here in West Yorkshire. We’re all proud to be part of the Tigers family, and proud to give blood.”

NHS Blood and Transplant's Regional Marketing Manager, Richard Shortland said:

"It's great that Castleford Tigers are offering their support to get more people in the area to become blood donors. We need to recruit more donors for the future to make sure there are enough people eligible to give blood at the right time for the right patient. Lee Jewitt's twins receiving blood shows how vital this precious resource is and how amazing our donors are for helping save lives like this every day."

Regular donations are crucial to saving and improving the lives not only of babies, but also patients with cancer, blood disorders and those suffering medical trauma or undergoing surgery. Almost 7,000 new volunteers came forward to donate blood for the first time in West Yorkshire last year, that's fewer than 5 per 1,000 of the estimated number of people between the ages of 17 and 70 living there. Of the 1.5 million people living in West Yorkshire, 33,131 of them donated blood last year saving or improving up to three lives each time they did so."       

If you are 17 or over, visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 today to find out if you are eligible to donate, register as a blood donor and to book your appointment.  

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