When added together blood cancers are the fifth most common type of cancer in the UK and the third biggest killer. 38,000 more people are diagnosed every year and yet public awareness and understanding of blood cancer is really, really low.
To increase public awareness during Blood Cancer Awareness Month we want you to help us spread these three key messages together and the fact that Bloodwise are here to help patients and their families access the information and resources they need. You can help us do this in several ways:
1. Put up our Blood Cancer Awareness Month posters
To help us raise public awareness of Blood Cancer Awareness Month and the support and information that we offer patients and their familes we need you to put up Blood Cancer Awareness posters in your local area.
To encourage interest from the wider community and recognise all your efforts we'd love for you to send us photos of the poster(s) that you’ve put up througout the month. We'll include all your pictures in a Facebook gallery which we'll publish at the end of the month.
Read our Blood Cancer Awareness Month Poster Campaign blog to download your posters and find out more.
2. Distribute our patient information
We also need you to continue spreading the word about the charity and the support and services that we offer patients by handing out our patient information booklets and resources to patients and health care professionals. That could be anyone and everyone from your pharmacy or GP surgery right through to your clinical nurse specialist and/or other patients next time you’re at a clinic.
This really is so important for raising the profile of the charity and helping patients access the support and information that they need the support and is far more powerful and impactful coming with your endorsement than from us directly.
To order booklets do get in touch with Lizzie directly by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively order patient information directly here.
3. Share & engage with our posts on Facebook
We’re going to be posting daily facts and patient stories which we’d really appreciate you sharing and commenting on as and when you have the time to do so. This really does make a difference as it encourages others to get involved and helps the content reach more people. Most importantly it is of huge benefit to patients as this comment (and countless others we receive) illustrates:
4. Take part in our Facebook Live Q&As
We’re also going to be doing our very first Facebook Live Q&As with people affected by/involved with blood cancer. Supporters will have an opportunity to ask questions directly to the individuals involved and we're hoping will be a valuable way of getting people more involved.
The first Q&A will be with our very own Katie Ruane on Wednesday 7th September. It would be fantastic if you could support Katie on the day by logging on to our Facebook page at 10.30 am armed with a question or two to ask her. There'll also be a post going out on the Monday prior the Q&A inviting people to submit their questions.
5. Engage with your local MP
To coincide with our Speaker’s House event with MPs on 14th September we’d love for you to get in contact with your MP to let them know about Blood Cancer Awareness Month, our key messages and some of the issues that you may have encountered from your own experiences.
Download template to write to your MP
Huge thanks to those of you who are helping us at the Speaker’s House event which is a great opportunity for us to make MPs more aware of blood cancer and the issues patients face.
Apologies to any of you who may have been interested but are not involved on this occasion. There will be more opportunities going forwards and we’re already looking in to holding similar events with the Scottish and Welsh parliaments later in the year. Watch this space...
6. Help us with our press coverage
Press coverage is always brilliant for building awareness and we’re looking to generate as much of it as possible during Blood Cancer Awareness Month. As Ambassadors you’ll be forming a key part of our attempt to get coverage and I know that Henry and Steph will be in touch (if they haven’t already) with lots of you if they haven’t already.
If you have a good relationship and/or contact with a local paper, publication or radio station that you think you might be able to support us email Henry or Steph at email@example.com.
7. Calendar Girls musical launch
Tickets for the West End run of The Girls musical go on sale on 16th September. We have a strong and proud history with the Calendar Girls who have very kindly allowed us to do bucket collections for the duration of the show and want to support the ticket sales as much as we can.
To coincide with The Girls musical announcement we’ll also be launching a brand new fundraising initiative which is so top secret that we as the Patient Services team haven't even been told what it is yet! Keep your eye out for it in the later part of September.
8. Small Change, Big Impact
Last and by no means least we’re going to be a doing a series of regional bucket collections across the UK during the course of September. Exact times, dates and venues have yet to be confirmed but we are looking for willing volunteers.
If you're interested in helping out by shaking a tin or indeed holding your own bucket collection do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
And that's it for ways to get involved in Blood Cancer Awarness Month! If you have any questions or queries about any of the activities please don't hesitate to get in touch via the Bloodwise Ambassadors Facebook group or by dropping me an email at email@example.com