More than 100 people roll up their sleeves for appeal donor session

Borehamwood Times: 186 people turned up to the Joely Bear blood drive to ‘give blood, not excuses’, including 35 new donors. 186 people turned up to the Joely Bear blood drive to ‘give blood, not excuses’, including 35 new donors.

More than 100 people rolled up their sleeves to give blood at a charity’s 59th donor session.

A total of 186 people, including 35 new donors, turned up to the Joely Bear blood drive at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue yesterday to ‘give blood, not excuses’.

Face painting and a bouncy castle were also available, providing a crèche for children while the 17 to 65 year olds donated blood.

The Joely Bear appeal was founded in 1995 by the Renak family, after four-year-old Joel Renak lost a year-long battle with a rare form of liver cancer.

The appeal is now reaching its 20th year, and has just received a message of support from Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

A celebration of the appeal’s work is to be held at the end of January next year, while the 60th blood donor session is to go ahead on October 26.

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