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An early run for Race Against Blood Cancer at Telford Park Run

Race Against Blood Cancer and Telford Park Run joined forces in the early morning of Saturday 23rd January to raise awareness for the charity and its efforts to give every single blood cancer patient an equal chance of finding a suitable donor.

With the initial goal of partnering to put a spotlight on the charity and its efforts, it quickly became clear to our team that the partnership would not reach its full potential unless we gave Telford’s early risers and their supportive spectators the opportunity to sign up on the day as well.

And so, as the park run team was busy setting up the day’s course, our volunteers were setting up their registration stand at the end of the course. Bustled in a small gazebo at 8:30AM, our volunteers hadn’t even finished setting up the stand that a few eager participants were already lining up to sign up as potential donors!

Our message for the event was that it didn’t matter whether you were big or small, fast or slow – simply taking part in the event was already a great sign of support. So by 9AM, the start line looked more like a sea of red than the usual multicolored crowd as runners and walkers turned up in their red attire in honour of Race Against Blood Cancer. And the buzz was amazing. So much that the Telford Parkrun actually managed to break its attendance record with 462 participating in the hour long event!

When the fast runners started crossing the finish line, our team starting seeing a continuous flow of runners come over to sign up while supporters and crowds willing to help walked around collecting donations along the course. Crowds started dissipating at 10AM by which point the team had successfully signed up 37 donors and raised a great amount of awareness around the charity and the cause.

After such a successful weekend, we would like to thank all of the Race Against Blood Cancer team of volunteers including Alex Morrison, Natasha Brown, Joe Bates, Gail Fisk, Emma Brown, Jason Cook, Ben Westwood, Sarah Drummond-Everitt, Rebecca Headley, Rebecca Walsh, Vanessa Postle, Bethan Brown and Liz Powell who all helped to make the event a great success.
We would also like to thank the Telford Parkrun Team of volunteers for allowing us to work together and all those who came out to show their support. We’ll definitely be back and, who knows, maybe be present at some more parkrun events around the country soon!

Runners at the start line

A happy runner at Telford Park Run

Some early thinkers at Telford

Runners facing the cold at Telford Park Run

Recovering from a quick run

Setting a new record of registrations at TCAT

The Race Against Blood Cancer team returned to Shropshire on Friday 22nd January for a donor drive at Telford College of Arts & Technology (TCAT).

While still early in the morning, the team was full of optimism and determined to beat the previous record held by PHD Media of 131 donor registrations achieved in one drive.

The day kicked off to a great start in the TCAT’s dance studio where the team was stationed, with a constant flow of visitors keen to sign up as stem cell donors. Queues even went up to 30 minutes at one point despite having 12 volunteers in full pace registering the participants and walking them through the process.

But the overall enthusiasm remained really high. Having been chosen as one of the college’s official charities for 2016, the team were particularly encouraged by how welcome they were made to feel by staff, students and a very special guest – Paralympic Gold medalist Mickey Bushell.

Once a TCAT student himself, Mickey dropped in to show his support in the charity’s fight against blood cancer – “I was happy to be invited over today and see the charity’s great work.  I encourage everyone to join the Race Against Blood Cancer. It’s such a great cause and a simple process which can lead to you saving someone’s life.”

And after an amazing day and 5 hours of frantic swabbing, the team managed to break the record, registering 147 new stem cell and bone marrow donor registrations in one drive.

We would like to thank the amazing team of volunteers – Joe Bates, Emma Brown, Natasha Brown, Gail Fisk, Connor Holbrook, Bethan Brown, Jason Cook, Ben Westwood, Carol Goodfellow, Sarah Drummond and Devon Peart – and everyone who came down to support and sign up on the day. This wouldn’t have been possible without you.

And finally, a special thanks to Lauren Harris the Enrichment Coordinator at TCAT who helped organise the event in the first place and eagerly supported the team throughout the day. We hope to be invited back again next year!

Gold Medalist Mickey Bushal at the TCAT Donor Drive

An amazing flow of interest and registrations throughout the day

A volunteer to help save lives

Stem Cell Registration Process

Race Against Blood Cancer Team in Shropshire

Emma & Bethan

Wristbands don't save lives. Signing up as a donor does.

Raising more awareness on Blood Cancer on 22/23 January

Race Against Blood Cancer will be raising more awareness this month as the team head to Telford to take part in various local events, including a Park Run on Saturday 23rd.

We will be interacting with the amazing students and staff at Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT) on Friday 22nd January. A donor drive will come after a week-long awareness program where students and staff will have discussed the issue of blood cancer as well as its cure. It will be an opportunity for students and staff to learn more about how they can help make a difference by joining the charity and/or sign up as a potential lifesaving donor.

The Race Against Blood Cancer team are looking forward to this event at TCAT and the college has already shown great support to the charity by nominating it as of the their official charities for 2016.

Following the lively events on Friday, the team will then be starting early on Saturday 23rd where they will be taking part in the Telford Town Park Run which will start at 9AM sharp. The team will also be present at the finish line allowing runners, walkers, family and friends to learn more about Race Against Blood Cancer and sign up as donors.

In order to show support and make the most of the event, the team asks that all runners or walkers wear a red t-shirt. And for those who would like to sign up, please simply register here.

Don’t let the running get you down, remember that no matter how slow you go, you will still be lapping everyone on the couch! And some of our team intend to walk too. So get up early, bring your friends and come join us on Saturday 23rd at 9AM to start your day fresh.


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