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Donor campaign launched by NHS and Churches in joint initiative
9:50am Tuesday 29th January 2013 in News
THE Bishop of Carlisle has urged Christians to give more than money in a new campaign launched by the NHS and Churches.
The ‘fleshandblood’ initiative aims to highlight the need for more blood and organ donors, and encourage donation as another way of personal giving within churches.
This marks the first time the NHS has worked alongside the Church on a national campaign of this kind.
The Rt Revd, James Newcome, said: “fleshandblood is an exciting opportunity for the Church. Christians have a mandate to heal, motivated by compassion, mercy, knowledge and ability.
“Extending our understanding of the central Christian themes of generosity and stewardship to include blood and organ donation has the potential to tangibly transform the giver and the receiver. The benefit to others is not only life enhancing but can mean the difference between life and death.
“I would encourage individual Christians and local churches to engage with the campaign as we help address an important social issue and generously serve the communities to which we belong. Being willing to give our time, money and gifts is a significant aspect of our stewardship of what we have received. But this applies just as much to the blood that flows in our veins; and the organs that are such an intrinsic part of our bodies.
“By joining together to support fleshandblood, the campaign associates play a vital role in representing the church and enabling a collaborative voice on the issue within their communities and networks. Each associate commits to raising the profile of blood and organ donation and highlighting the various ways that individuals and groups can get involved at a local level.”
The campaign seeks to equip individuals and churches as advocates for blood and organ donation, enabling them to raise awareness of this key issue with their family, friends and community, and potentially help to save thousands of lives each year.