National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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10 May 2017

Young farmers in Berkshire have won a trophy for donating the most amount of life-saving blood out of all the counties across England and Wales that are part of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).

The trophy, which was awarded by NHS Blood and Transplant as well as NFYFC, was in response to a year-long campaign called YFC Life Blood, which challenged members to register to donate blood to help save lives. Berkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (FYFC) recruited eight new donors and made 21 donations during the campaign.

Berkshire has YFCs in Newbury, Bradfield, Shefford and in Windsor and Maidenhead.

Oxfordshire and Lincolnshire FYFCs were praised for being runners up in the competition after making 20 donations each and also registering eight new donors.

In total during the campaign, young farmers’ life-saving blood donations helped 291 patients from 16 April 2016 to 17 March 2017. A total of 97 blood donations were made by YFC members during the campaign period. 

Every unit of blood donated saves or improves the lives of up to three people. Over a lifetime some blood donors help more than 500 people through their donations.

The NFYFC campaign was led by its national Chairman for 2016 Chris Manley as he wanted to prove that YFC members really are the lifeblood of their local communities. It also tied in with the NFYFC's dedication towards farm safety.

Chris Manley said: “YFC members are renowned for challenging themselves and raising thousands of pounds for good causes across the country. But in 2016, we challenged our members to show their generosity by registering as blood and organ donors! It was great to see so many of our members backing the campaign not only by giving blood but by sharing stories on social media too.

“Members of Berkshire FYFC have done brilliantly to get so many of their members involved and I hope that because of the YFC Life Blood campaign, many more of us will continue, or start to, give blood on a regular basis.”

Many people would not be alive today if donors had not generously given their blood. NHS Blood needs over 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients in need across England.
As well as the donations by YFC members, Berkshire found that families also got involved in giving blood too.

Berkshire’s County Chairman Katherine Bunn, who collected the award at NFYFC’s Annual General Meeting in Torquay, said: “Berkshire FYFC are really proud to have picked up the YFC Life Blood award for being the YFC county federation to give the most donations and to have the most registered donors. We worked hard to raise awareness among our membership about the benefits of giving blood and how it could save lives. Berkshire members and their families really got behind the national campaign and I hope that we will all continue to give blood and raise awareness about the importance of doing so.”  

Zeeshan Asghar, Partnership Development Manager at NHSBT said: “We are grateful to the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs for their support throughout the year. Raising awareness of blood and organ donation amongst young people is really important. Half of all blood donors are over 45 so it’s important we recruit younger people to donate blood to help meet patient needs now and in the future.

“Young people can also play an important role in helping to normalise organ donation, discussion amongst their peers and family will generate debate and allow individuals to be open about their decision to become an organ donor, if and when the time comes.

Find out more about the YFC Life Blood campaign.


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