Why I’m There

Over 47,000 people have signed up as donors following the launch of our #ImThere campaign at the start of National Blood Week and lots of colleagues shared their reasons for supporting the activity so we’ve spotlighted a few and what they do …

Liam Watt has been part of the transport team for the last 12 months. He joined NHSBT after leaving the army, where he was an Explosive Ordnance Device Operative, and stationed in Afghanistan for a time. A large part of his job
role was to dispose of bombs and IEDs.

Speaking about his role which is far removed from bomb disposal, he said “I like the fact that I feel proud coming into work. I know the blood products I deliver will help save the lives of many people.”

Joanne Leeman is the Donor Marketing Operations Co-ordinator and is based in Morecambe. She works with Karen Taylor, Acquisition Marketing Co-ordinator and Keeley Walton, Marketing Assistant (both based in Manchester). Their job roles include attending recruitment events to give advice and information including Know Your Type events – to help people understand what their blood type is and to encourage people to register for blood and organ donation.

They aim to collect 1,800 units of blood in the Lancashire and Greater Manchester area, creating marketing campaigns and activities to ensure that enough appointments are booked to achieve this.

The team are pictured above at a Know Your Type event at the HMRC offices in Salford. Joanne said “We support blood donation because we love the work we do!”

Our SNODs support a donor’s family at a very delicate time – a time when they are faced with the death of a loved one, sometimes unexpected but often following a sudden, unexpected bereavement.

We have SNOD teams across the whole of the UK. Habiba Ahmed, Helen Adams and Becky Clarke are organ donation nurses in the South Central Organ Donation Team. They cover the geographical area from Northampton to Southampton, Gloucester to Reading and everywhere in between.

The team got together to donate blood during National Blood Week. Helen said ”We support #ImThere because
we love the work we do and are honoured and privileged to support bereaved families with decisions about donating life-saving organs.”

Our Business Continuity (BC) team ensures that NHSBT is as resilient as possible in the face of any disruption.

Their main focus is developing and managing the Business Continuity Management System, advise and support in all BC matters, develop and manage the BC management system and encourage an organisational understanding so BC is part of business as usual.

Sarah Milligan, Business Continuity Manager, said “We had our photo taken because we are all passionate about the organisation we work for. Blood saved the life of family member for one of our team. Personally having survived blood cancer, I couldn’t be prouder of the work that NHSBT do. Members of our team are regular blood donors, with others exempt for medical reasons.”


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