Rugby players put backs into appeal

Oxford Mail: Dave Eustice and Gosford All Blacks committee member David Hipkiss with one of the new shirts bearing the NHS transplant logo

6:46pm Monday 26th October 2009

rugby players have clubbed together to highlight the importance of a being a blood donor after a team-mate’s daughter needed a vital transfusion.

Police chief makes her 100th blood donation

Oxford Mail: Police chief makes her 100th blood donation

6:32pm Monday 26th October 2009

A SENIOR police officer has been recognised for making her 100th blood donation — and saving hundreds of lives in the process.

Bathroom birth mum backs our blood campaign

Oxford Mail: Raychel Pomroy with children Isla and Max

7:20am Saturday 24th October 2009

A NEW mother, who needed three pints of blood after the surprise eight-minute birth of her son on the bathroom floor, has urged others to give the gift of life.

Arts lovers take centre stage

Oxford Mail: North Wall marketing officers Cath Nightingale, left, and Paula Clark have signed up

5:54pm Friday 9th October 2009

THE Oxford Mail’s campaign to sign up new blood donors has taken an artistic bent.

More firms sign up to give blood

Oxford Mail: Pegasus staff and builders pledge to give blood. Front are fundraisers Kathryn Oddie and Dominique Cadiou with site team Mike Fudger, Terry Stevens and Dave Price

3:10pm Thursday 1st October 2009

THESE are the latest people to sign up to save lives by giving blood.

'I owe my life to blood donors'

Oxford Mail: Parachute instructor Sgt Richard Cross is encouraging people to back the Oxford Mail’s blood campaign

10:38am Thursday 1st October 2009

WHEN parachute instructor Sgt Richard Cross plummeted to the ground in an horrific accident it took a team of doctors, nurses and surgeons to save his life.

VIPs add weight to Mail appeal

Oxford Mail: JackFM staff, from left, Stickerboy (Glynn Goodall), Sophie Bruce, Trevor Marshall and Rosie Tratt

6:19pm Tuesday 29th September 2009

OUR campaign to sign up 1,000 people to give blood has received a shot in the arm from the county’s great and good.

Theatre backs blood donation campaign

Oxford Mail: Theatre backs blood donation campaign

5:48pm Monday 28th September 2009

STAFF at the Oxford Playhouse are the latest to sign up to give blood for the Oxford Mail’s Gift of Life campaign. More than a dozen people working at the Beaumont Street theatre have pledged to become donors. And press and marketing officer Kayleigh Hellin is determined to sign up at least half the 50-strong workforce. Miss Hellin, 23, from Abingdon, said: “I have always wanted to do it, but it is something I have always forgotten about the moment I have seen the advertisement, or never got around to doing for one reason or another. “Seeing it in the Oxford Mail every day brought home how important it was, so I sent an email to everyone in the Playhouse. As a result, 12 or 13 of us have signed up so far. “We are all really looking forward to it because I think it is something that makes you feel really good about yourself — as well as helping others.” Head of marketing Sarah Jervis is also backing the campaign, having received a blood transfusion earlier in her life. Miss Hellin said: “Knowing there is such a shortage – and just how important it is – made me convinced it was a good thing to do. Any of us could need blood one day. “I’m going to keep badgering everyone to try to persuade them to sign up.” The Oxford Mail has teamed up with the National Blood Service to sign up 1,000 new donors to boost supplies before the winter. Giving blood takes about an hour, and each donation can potentially save three lives. If you have a story about giving or receiving blood call Fran Bardsley on 01865 425427 or email her at the address above

Shoppers queue up to join donor list

5:46pm Thursday 24th September 2009

OUR campaign to recruit new blood donors gained more momentum after we took to the streets to sign people up.

Donations date back 63 years

Oxford Mail: Teacher Pat Horseman, of Cumnor Hill, gives blood in 1959 with the help of ex-pupil Janet Hiatt, from Rose Hill

4:27pm Wednesday 23rd September 2009

A LOT has changed since the first drops of blood were taken from donors more than 60 years ago.

Top cop backs blood drive

Oxford Mail: Chief Insp Cecilia Agger has donated blood for 20 years

5:31pm Tuesday 22nd September 2009

A SENIOR police officer has backed the Oxford Mail’s campaign to sign up 1,000 new blood donors and potentially save 3,000 lives.

Meet the donor carers

Oxford Mail: Donor carers, from left, Jenny Pope, Lesley Young and Kelly McBeth at a session held at Headington Community Centre on Friday

7:07pm Sunday 20th September 2009

THESE are the some of the people who make sure blood donated daily around Oxford gets to those who need it.

Donors tell us why they give blood

Oxford Mail: Jenny Pope takes blood from Geoffrey Giorgio from Cowley, at a donor session at Headington Community Centre

7:00am Saturday 19th September 2009

THIS is just one of the hundreds of Oxfordshire people with a story to tell about why they give blood – and why you should sign up to our Gift of Life appeal.

Meet the blood match-maker

Oxford Mail: Prof Mike Murphy with a blood bag and a barcode wristband used to ensure patients get the right type of blood

2:29pm Thursday 17th September 2009

THESE are the people who are responsible for getting more than 25,000 units of donated blood to the right patient each year.

Lord Mayor backs blood donor campaign

Oxford Mail: Oxford city councillors and blood donors, from left, Colin Cook, Mary Clarkson and Mark Lygo

5:18pm Wednesday 16th September 2009

OXFORD’s Lord Mayor has backed the Oxford Mail’s campaign to get 1,000 people to sign up to give the gift of life.

Special backing for our blood donor campaign

Oxford Mail: Eileen Naughton

4:33pm Tuesday 15th September 2009

A WOMAN who onlydiscovered she had a blood disorder when she tried to become a donor, has backed the Oxford Mail’s campaign to get more people to give blood.

Cancer victim Jake's mum backs campaign

Oxford Mail: Lesley Spicer

4:47pm Monday 14th September 2009

THE mother of Jake Spicer, who battled cancer for more than six years, has urged people in Oxfordshire to give blood.

'Donors saved me after horror smash'

Oxford Mail: Matt Simpson

3:20pm Sunday 13th September 2009

THE sole survivor of a crash that killed four of his friends is giving his backing to our Gift Of Life campaign.

Mum gives thanks for donations

Oxford Mail: Inspector Clare Mackintosh at St Aldate’s police station in Oxford

5:47pm Friday 11th September 2009

WHEN Inspector Clare Mackintosh signed up to give blood as a teenager, she never imagined she would one day need a life-saving donation.

Mum backs campaign after vital operation

Oxford Mail: Jane Smith

2:51pm Thursday 10th September 2009

A MOTHER is appealing for people to give blood so they don’t live to regret it.

Sign up and help save lives

Oxford Mail: Staff at the blood donation centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, from left, Sally Attlewell, Sandra Sowerby, Trudy Redford and Anne Hawley

2:29pm Wednesday 9th September 2009

The Oxford Mail has launched a campaign to urge readers to give the ‘Gift of Life’ by signing up to give blood.

Appeal for ethnic donors

Oxford Mail: Sobia Afridi and her daughter Sabrena

5:07pm Wednesday 9th September 2009

A MOTHER whose child needs regular life-saving blood transfusions has appealed for more black and Asian donors to step forward.

The hidden benefits of platelets

Oxford Mail: The hidden benefits of platelets

2:32pm Wednesday 9th September 2009

Seasoned donor Bill Russell is on first-name terms with staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital’s blood centre because he’s made so many visits.

Plea that's heartfelt

Oxford Mail: Jill Edwards with the 85 medals she has won taking part in the Transplant Games, including her latest gold medal won last month in Coventry

2:31pm Wednesday 9th September 2009

For this grandmother of three, a new heart and vital blood transfusion gave her the chance to become an award winning sportswoman. Now she wants others to know how important it is to give blood.

'You never know when you might need it'

Oxford Mail: Pat Noel. Pic 3: Kimberley Noel

2:30pm Wednesday 9th September 2009

PAT Noel, from Flatford Place, Kidlington, was saved by a vital blood transfusion during a difficult labour giving birth to her first and only daughter, Kimberley, 30 years ago.

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