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Actor Chris Clarkson (Nanny Fanny) visited the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds in the run up to Christmas in order to do something amazing – give blood. Not only that, but in a bid to further promote the importance of giving blood, he went in his full costume to give the team running the donations a boost.
This was Chris’ second year running that he has donated blood in his Theatre Royal pantomime costume, and it was also his 78th donation in total! His blood type is A+ which roughly 1 in 3 people have so his donations are always very welcome and he has been making donations since he was 18. Chris said “When I was a kid I used to go with my mum when she donated blood so I think I’ve always known how important a thing it is to do. The fact that I could donate in full costume was a bonus as hopefully it will help raise awareness around Suffolk. It proves that even with a panto schedule of 12 shows a week you’re never too busy to try and help save lives!”
It’s just as important as ever to donate blood so people in Suffolk are being asked to be part of an amazing group of people who save lives. NHS Blood and Transplant needs around 200,000 new donors every year to maintain the supply for life-saving blood donations. Ian, one of the nurses from the team in Bury St Edmunds said that in particular they would be very grateful to receive blood donations from people with blood type AB and black/ethnic minority donors.
It’s quick and easy to register to become a blood donor. Visit www.blood.co.uk or download the app by searching ‘NHSGiveBlood’ in the app store. You can also call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23. Last year over 1600 people in Suffolk registered to give blood for the first time – will you join them along with Chris to help save lives?
Catch Chris as delightful Dame Nanny Fanny in Sleeping Beauty until Sun 13 Jan, tickets are available from the Box Office on 01284 769505 or www.theatreroyal.org (you can also follow Chris on twitter and Instagram – @MrChrisClarkson)