Blood and organ donation - 'Flesh and Blood' initiative
An ecumenical network including The Salvation Army, United Reformed Church, Church of England, Baptist Union of Great Britain, and Methodist Church, together with the Evangelical Alliance and Hope, and in partnership with the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) have launched the 'Flesh and Blood' campaign.
A survey conducted by Christian Research shows that 10% of Christians have given blook in the past year compared to 4% of the general population in the last 2 years, and almost half of all Christians are registered on the NHS Organ Donor Register, compared with 32% of the general population.
Despite this significant Christian support, 'Flesh and Blood' has been set up, backed by the NHS, as a brand new initiative in 2013 to encourage more Christians to see blood and organ donation as part of their giving.
Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church says:
“It is impossible to overstate the vital importance of blood and organ donation. Quite simply, without such generous sacrifices, many in Britain would not enjoy the health they have, or even survive. Many of us know and cherish a person who’s life has been transformed through the life-giving gifts donated to them. I believe that God calls us all to live generously with all that we are and all that we have. Blood donation especially is a simple but precious way that many people can fulfil that calling.”
Rt Rev James Newcombe, Bishop of Carlisle and lead Bp on Healthcare for CofE says:
'Flesh and blood 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 stewrdship to include blood and organ donation has the potential to tangibly transform the giver and receiver. The benefit to others is not only life enhancing but can mean the difference between life and death'.
Link to the website www.fleshandblood.org
Press Release PDF April 12th 2013