This is one of two projects within The Sunshine Smile Crew. Alongside MELTING POT we are showing love and support for our NHS and all those in hospital.

TeenHeroMK is developing FAST.

How many 17, 18 and 19 year olds are there in Milton Keynes ?

The Borough of Milton Keynes has a population of 248,000. Within this number there will be new-born babies and there will be those who will be celebrating their one hundredth birthday, the later I assume being significantly smaller than the former.

The average life-span in the UK is 81 years. If we divide 248,000 by 81 we come up with a figure of 3,061.

As a very rough estimate. therefore, we have 3,061 seventeen year olds, 3,061 eighteen year olds and 3,061 nineteen year olds. That's a total of 9,183 older teenagers, teenagers who are old enough to be blood donors. If all of these teenagers were to donate three times a year we would get 27,549 pints.

University Hospital Milton Keynes uses around 6,000 pints of blood a year, that's 6,000 pints across a 550 bed hospital = 10.9 pints per bed per year. If one in five of the eligible teenagers in Milton Keynes were to become a blood donor that would more than realise the total blood used in our hospital.

Of course blood is seldom used in the area where it is donated so it is unlikely any of our teenagers, let's call them TeenHeroes, would have their blood used in our local hospital but if we could inspire these young people we would donate for use across the country the same amount as used by our hospital. In effect our TeenHeroes would be paying for the blood our hospital uses, paying with their love.

Wikipeadia, the fount of all knowledge, says there are fourteen secondary schools in Milton Keynes plus Milton Keynes College. Can we find our TeenHeroes through the schools and college ?  Schools in the twenty-first century are not easy animals to engage with, too many are too busy putting ticks in boxes to make Ofsted smile to worry about important things in our community. But if one catches on to this vision, something which would make that school stand out as special no doubt others would jump on the bandwagon.

Could we find two thousand TeenHeroes to donate the six thousand pints we need in a year.  With 19 year olds either at university or in work, just a few at Milton Keynes College, we are going to have to concentrate targeting seventeen and eighteen year olds.

We are now working with Oakgrove School for it to lead our project.

In November Headmaster Ian Tett will convene a meeting with his Head of Sixth Form and leading students. A plan will then be made to make things happen.

We have met with two directors of University Hospital to discuss plans.

We have a meeting with NHS Blood and Transplant on 1st November.

Our original plan for TeenHeroMK follows. Once the meeting at Oakgrove has taken place this whole page can be updated with some very exciting information.

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 would make.


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