Worksop Town FC and NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) have joined forces to urge local residents to start saving lives by giving blood.
The club is highlighting the need for more local blood donors through its match-day programme, its website and by asking its players to wear promotional t-shirts during pre-match warm-ups.
Stan Emmerson, from Worksop Town Supporters Society, has thrown his support behind the initiative after numerous blood transfusions helped to save his life.
Stan first received blood around 10 years ago during treatment for anaemia linked to kidney failure. He then needed transfusions while undergoing two separate bouts of kidney transplant surgery. Stan’s first transplant took place 2007 but the donated kidney failed after a year and was replaced by another in 2011.
Stan said: “After I received two kidney transplants, I am very grateful for the chance at life the organ donor gave me and of course NHS Blood Transplant and countless blood donors who will have helped me get back on my feet.”
“It is our pleasure here at Worksop Town FC to work with NHSBT and support this great cause.”
NHSBT spokesperson Holly Mason said: “We are very grateful to Worksop Town for helping us raise awareness of blood donation and hope the club’s supporters will be inspired to become regular donors by Stan’s story.
“As Stan’s case shows, donated blood is not just used in A&E – it is needed to help save the lives of a wide variety of patients, including those being treated for blood disorders, cancers and undergoing surgery.”
Regular blood donor sessions are held in Worksop at The Crossing Church and Centre, on Newcastle Street, and The Masonic Hall on Potter Street.
Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50kg (7st 12lb) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.
There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.
For more information or to book an appointment, call 0300 1232323 or visit www.blood.co.uk