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Church of England backs NHS campaign

Date: 28 January 2013
h6>THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND is one of the organisations lending its support to the fleshandblood campaign, an initiative calling on all Christian denominations to help increase the number of blood and organ donors in the UK.

Founded as a two-year partnership between creative agency KORE and NHS Blood and Transplant, the initiative aims to profile the need for more blood and organ donors and encourage donation as another way of personal giving within churches.

Sponsored by Give.net and in association with denominations, organisations and festivals including the Church of England, Salvation Army, Methodist church, United Reformed Church, Baptist Union, 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.

Speaking about the initiative, The Bishop of Carlisle, 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.”

For more information about the campaign, including how to become a donor, please visit > http://fleshandblood.org/

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