OUR AMBASSADORS

Nigel Owens Referee

Nigel Owens, International Rugby Union Referee

“We all know someone who has needed blood at some point in their lives and, with a recognised blood shortage, it’s now more important than ever to have a review on who can donate. That’s why I’m supporting FreedomToDonate.”

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Dr Raj Singh, NHS/TV Doctor

“There are a lot of people who would want to donate blood who might not be able to with the regulations that are in place, and I don’t think that’s fair. Anything we can do to increase donations is worth doing.”

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Stuart Andrew MP

“If it hadn’t been for the fact that people had given blood, my mother wouldn’t be here today. I want to do the same but because I’m a gay man, I can’t do so, that’s why i’m backing FreedomToDonate all the way.”

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Gary Caplehorne, YouTuber/Activist

“Before I was sexually active as a gay man, I donated blood regularly. I am HIV negative and feel like my blood could really help those people who need it. The current system is dated and people like me want to help.”

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Robbie Young, NUS LGBT Officer

“NUS supports a fair blood donation system which is based on an assessment of risky sexual behaviours rather than an individual’s sexual orientation.”

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Colm Howard-Lloyd, Chairman LGBTory

“Blood donation saves hundreds of lives a year and improves outcomes for many thousands more. At a time when less than 4% of the population give blood, and the National Blood Service is struggling to meet the 6,000 donations a day it needs, it seems odd for the criteria to be based on outdated prejudice.”

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Kristian Carter, Campaigner/Blogger

“The gay and bisexual blood ban is not only utterly self defeating, it’s a civil rights issue too. Screening for HIV has improved immeasurably over the last thirty years – the ban simply reinforces 1980s prejudices about the gay and bisexual community while making the donor crisis worse.”

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David Stuart, Dean Street Wellbeing Programme Manager

“Our blood screening technologies are entirely capable, (allowing for certain window periods) of determining whether blood donated, regardless of the donor, is safe to be used to improve or save the lives of those in need. If this policy is intended to protect recipients of blood donations, then it is scientifically flawed, and only serves to perpetuate fear and stigma.”