Young Farmers are renowned for challenging themselves and raising thousands of pounds for good causes across the country. But in 2016, as part of our chairman's campaign, we are challenging our members to show their generosity in a completely different way... by registering as blood and organ donors!
Why blood donation?
NFYFC chairman, Chris Manley, launched this campaign when he was elected in February to prove that Young Farmers really are the lifeblood of their local communities. It also ties in with the NFYFC's dedication towards farm safety.
Quite simply, giving blood saves lives! Thousands of patients receive blood transfusions every year. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments. Many people would not be alive today if donors had not generously given their blood. NHS Blood needs over 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients in need across England and North Wales.
What is the challenge?
Chris is challenging all Young Farmers (who are eligible to do so) to register as donors. The aim is to recruit 500 new blood and organ donors in 2016, which will go a long way to helping the thousands of patients who rely on these donations.
Get as many YFC members within your county to register as you can and see if your county can save the most lives!
Most people can give blood. You can give blood if you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs or 50kg, are aged between 17 and 66 (or 70 if you have given blood before), or are over 70 and have given blood in the last two years.
Men can give blood every 3 months and women can give blood every 4 months.
Share your story
Blood and organ donation affects everyone... including YFC members and their families. Just ask Amy McWhirter, chair of NFYFC's Youth Forum steering group:
"Back in February 2007 my Dad was crushed in a machine at work. He was rushed to hospital in an air ambulance and for a while, the doctors were unsure what damage had been done. He had a lifesaving operation which involved him requiring six pints of blood. After spending time in intensive care and a few weeks in hospital he was discharged. He returned to work and eventually got back to his old self. My Dad has been lucky! If he hadn’t received the amount of blood needed, the outcome would have been a lot different. I have seen the amazing difference that blood donors can make to somebody’s life. Since then both myself and my Mum have registered to give blood and I am booked in to give my 5th pint at the beginning of May."
Have you ever needed a blood or platelet transfusion? Or maybe you're a regular donor who has given blood numerous times? If you would like to share your story in support of this campaign, please contact Sam Conway. NFYFC communications officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign me up!
Click on the banners on the right of this page to register as a donor! If you are based in Wales and wish to register as a blood donor, click here.
To book an appointment, download the NHSGiveBlood app on your Android, Windows or Apple device to search for local blood donation session and to book your appointment to donate.
Tell us when you book your appointment and keep us up to date with your donation on social media by using the hashtag #YFCLifeBlood.
You may decide to donate blood as a group with other members from your YFC. If this is the case, then NHS Blood and Transplant and the Welsh Blood Service will do their utmost to find a convenient session for your Young Farmers Group to donate together, however they may ask you to travel a little further, book further ahead or have your appointments spread out a little. This is to ensure they can fit your entire group in whilst still delivering a safe and efficient donation session - they want to ensure you have a great experience!
"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. 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. Good luck!"
Chris Manley - NFYFC Chairman of Council 2016/17.
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