Following months of meetings and discussions, your VP Welfare and Community, Grace Corn, has secured The Engine Shed as an NHS blood donation venue. The first NHS Blood and Transplant session is scheduled to take place on 2nd April 2020.
During Grace's elections campaign in February 2018, she voiced the issue surrounding the lack of donation venues in Lincoln. Currently there are two community-based donation venues, one at Lincoln County Hospital and one at The Showroom on Tritton Road, both of which are far away from campus (25-30 minute walk).
We asked Grace a few questions about why she was so passionate about this issue.
Why did you want to set up a NHS Blood and Transplant Session at the SU?
"On a personal level, I am very passionate about blood donation. I have been donating blood since I turned 17, and honestly it is one of the easiest and most rewarding things you can do. You can literally save lives, (and get free biscuits for doing it!)
"But more than that - you keep asking for it!"
Who keeps asking for it?
"There are lots of students who want to donate, but can't due to the lack of donation venues in Lincoln and how busy they are - the two current venues are booked up months in advance.
"Student feedback suggested that if The Engine Shed was a donation venue, it would be much easier for them to come and donate. The NHS claims that around half the current donors are over the age of 45 and so by encouraging students (who are predominately between the ages of 18-21) to start giving blood whilst at University, we can ensure that we have enough blood in the future."
Can people from the local community also donate blood here?
"Yes! Of course!
"By making The Engine Shed a donation venue, it will not only be easier for only our diverse student body of over 15,500 students to donate blood, but also the wider public as we are only two minutes away from the High Street."
If you would like to find out more information about the NHS Blood and Transplant sessions you can do so here.
Now, just for a few final words from Grace:
"I want to say an enormous thank you to the Union staff who supported me in making this happen. I feel so incredible proud to have played some small part in making change on campus for our members.
"If YOU have an idea on what your Union or University could be doing differently, let us know! Go to www.lincolnsu.com/suggestions and tell us your SUggestion."