Droitwich Rugby Club hosted an awareness day in collaboration with us and our charity partner Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & lymphoma Research) in memory of James O’Mara.
James, who was a keen member of Droitwich Rugby Club, sadly died from Leukaemia in June this year,just a week after being diagnosed. In the week before he died James received 89 units of blood and the family were keen for these 89 units to be paid back by being donated for others in his memory.
The event was a huge success with 135 people registering as blood donors and pledging to donate in James’ memory.
Volunteers from Bloodwise were also present to raise awareness of blood cancers and the lifesaving research taking place here in the Midlands. There were colouring activities for children based around the charity’s September campaign ‘Quest for a Cure’, and James’ teammates were on hand collecting vital funds for research into cures for blood cancer.
Donors are needed from all blood groups and communities but is particularly looking for new donors from black and Asian communities, and donors with the universal blood group O negative, as well as from groups A negative, B negative and AB negative.
If you would like to set up a fundraising event for Bloodwise, please speak to your charity champion.