We have just started the new 2019/2020 school year. The
2020/2021 school year starts on 3rd September. The summer
term in the current school year starts on 21st April 2020.
Could we have a small-scale soft launch in the summer term
with a full launch in September 2020 ?
When a teenager has donated his first pint of blood he/she
would be awarded a TeenHeroMK certificate. This could be
presented in an assembly. There could then be a roll of
honour for each school presented at the end of the school
year. Correctly managed the idea would be picked up by other
towns and cities across the country. What a difference that
to this a blood donor is likely to also be an organ donor.
Yes, there is soon to be a change in the law attempting to
make organ donation the natural course at the time of
someone’s death but thinking it this will not become an
automatic success. I have started another project where I am
engaging with non-white
to discuss organ donation. Someone who is not a run of the
mill average white person has around a 2% chance of finding
an organ donor if they need one. Our TeenHeroes could set
down a foundation stone to change donations in years to
The NHS Blood and Transplant Service is under staffed and
under funded. It has recently told donation centres NOT to
publicise donations sessions in their area, presumably that
is because they cannot cope with a significant rise in donor
numbers. That does not equate with the overall appeal for
blood donation. So understaffed is NHS Blood and Transplant
that it is standard for them to reply to any communication
in three working weeks. This is not a criticism of the donor
system but it is a criticism of government funding.
We have built a relationship with a donor co-ordinator
within NHS Blood and Organ Donors. He has given us some
information on donor levels across two Milton Keynes
In 2018 Bletchley Masonic Centre held 9 sessions where 1059
donors attended with 932 pints of blood being donated.
Our friend at the NHS Blood and Organ Donor system tells us
that in 2018 West Bletchley Community Centre held 3 sessions
where 355 donors attended
314 units of blood being donated.
So Bletchley Masonic Centre had an average of 117 donors
attended a session. At West Bletchley Community Centre 118
If we suddenly add in two thousand TeenHeroes to the system
that system will not be able to cope !
We have to discuss
with donor managers how a major influx of donors can be
To operate TeenHeroMK we would have to find a way through
this. We have to find a way to help accommodate a
significant increase in donors across Milton Keynes.
If we can engage University Hospital Milton Keynes
GP surgeries could this help ? Could local
GP surgeries also help recruit TeenHeroes ?
I have worked with Health Watch MK in the past to gain
support for a vulnerable person, it is possible Health Watch
MK may be asked for advice in another programme I am setting
up with two local council members. Health Watch MK may be
able to offer valuable advice to TeenHeroMK.
We need to place schools in Milton Keynes on a map against
blood donation locations. Trying to Google this information
does not find a workable result.
That is all very easy on a piece of paper but how do we get
it off the paper and turn it into reality ?
I want to initially share this thinking
with Simon Lloyd, Chairman of University Hospital Milton
Keynes, and to ask him for his opinion and advice. Although
I do not see this as a hospital project it is aiming to
replay the hospital's debt to NHS Blood and Organ Donation.
I am here suggesting we form a small steering group - I am
deliberately avoiding the word committee - to explore ways
in which TeenHeroMK could become a reality.
I would like to put myself forward
as the Project Co-ordinator.
If Hospital Chairman Simon Lloyd
were prepared to be part of this committee that would
add so much credibility and weight to our efforts.
It would be great to have someone
from a major area of our community, perhaps from a
It would be very good to have
someone from education on the steering group.
Although I do not see him being
involved it is courtesy to advise The Mayor Milton
Keynes of our activities.
I think we should have a member of
Milton Keynes Council working with us although THIS IS
NOT a council project. I can think of two council
members, either of which I think would contribute
significantly to TeenHeroMK
That would give a team of four persons
which I think would be large enough, any more and it runs
the danger of becoming too wrapped in red-tape and becoming
a committee ! Once we are up and running we will need a
larger operational management team.
I am presenting this idea to Simon
Lloyd on Monday 16th September 2019.
It would be good if he and I could
have an informal chat by Friday 27th September 2019. -
This has not yet happened so I
need to follow it up.
A steering team could then have an
initial meeting during week beginning Monday 14th
September Mondira, part of our team, and I met with
Councillor Mohammed Khan.
I plan to
contact Whaddon Medical Centre where I have been a patient
since 1971 and share the project with staff there.
I feel it
would be good for me to meet with Milton Keynes Council CEO
Michael Bracey and pick his brains.
Ooppsss this man says he is too busy ! Too busy
spending his £176,000 salary to show some love !
I will share
the plan with HealthwathcMK
sessions with Worktree last week I think it would be good to
invite a specific school to spearhead the project.
A school has stepped forward asking to talk about it taking
on this role.
could then aim for a soft launch at the start of Summer Term
2020 - 21st April 2020 with a full launch happening in the
Autumn Term 2020.