Churches challenged to spread the word on donation
07 January 2014
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Churches across the UK are being challenged to become "Donor
Churches" and raise the profile of blood and organ donation in
their community. The fab Church
Challenge launched this week by
the fleshandblood campaign
is the first of its kind and seeks to encourage churches to see
blood and organ donation as part of their giving.
"We have seen an amazing response in the UK Church over the past
12 months and are encouraged by the number of local churches
raising the profile of blood and organ donation", says Juls
"What we need now is a long term commitment that
continues to support the ongoing demand for blood and organs
that the NHS faces every year."
In just one year, 30,000 churches have received information
about the fleshandblood campaign and across the UK
denominations, organisations and festivals have taken part in
raising the profile of donation, mobilising the church to increase
the number of donors. This new challenge aims to equip local
churches as long term advocates of donation providing practical
tools to help churches donate together, talk about donation and
raise awareness in their communities.
In response to the introduction of the Church Challenge Lynda
Hamlyn, Chief Executive of NHS Blood and Transplant who was
awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours for her services
to healthcare said, "On behalf of NHS Blood and Transplant I'd
like to thank churches for their support, for making donation
important in their community and for the hope this will bring to
all those who
depend on our life saving work."
Groundbreaking research carried out by the
fleshandblood campaign suggests
that 70% of Christians already consider blood and/or organ
donation to be part of their core "Christian giving" or are
open to the idea. Almost one in ten Christians have given blood in
the last year compared to 4% of the eligible population over
the last two years.
Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church
said, "The fab Church
Challenge is an exciting opportunity for churches to become
long term advocates of blood and organ donation in their local
communities. By raising awareness, encouraging discussion and
providing ways to give they could play a significant role in
transforming the lives of others through donation."
Sponsored by Give.net and in association with denominations,
organisations and festivals including the Church of England,
The Salvation Army, Methodist Church, United Reformed Church,
Baptist Union, Church In Wales, Church of Scotland, Seventh
Day Adventist Church, Hope and Evangelical Alliance, the
fleshandblood campaign marks the
first time the NHS has worked alongside the Church
on a national initiative of this kind.
Around three people die per day due to the shortage of organs in
the UK. This unique campaign seeks to equip individuals and
churches as advocates for blood and organ donation, enabling
them to raise awareness of blood and organ donation with their
family, friends and community and potentially help to save
thousands of lives each year.