Ok, today I had a chat with a lady called Nidia at the Newark Hospital in Newark-upon-Trent in Nottinghamshire. The main gist of the conversation was to confirm that she is more than happy to make available an area within the hospital (at a date yet to be confirmed) to use as location for a donor recruitment session that will be arranged and hosted by the Anthony Nolan Trust.
Anyone who has been following this blog for a while will remember that the little boy Joel Picker-Spence, who sadly died of his ALL Leukaemia last November, was from a small village just outside Newark, and it is for that reason that we will be promoting this event in his memory.
Just got to try to push ahead with similar arrangements that I hope to implement at Kings Mill Hospital sometime in the near future.
A very important part of these sessions will be to make sure that the general public, as well as hospital staff, will be able to participate, and it is to that end that I will (as soon as details are finalised), be engaging the help of the local press,radio and hopefully TV, to spread the word and ensure that as many people as is humanly possible, are given the chance to offer "the gift of life", and perhaps save someones life as a result of registering on one of these sessions.