Rick Mills, a blood donation campaigner and curator of the #bloodnotmoney cause, is being backed by British 800m medallist Jenny Meadows as he takes on the Great North Run this month.
The event marks the one year anniversary of Rick’s double knee surgery carried out by Spire Manchester Hospital.
The husband and father of two’s life was saved by a blood transfusion when he was just five years old with his wife also being saved by a blood transfusion following the loss of their son at childbirth. These personal experiences drove Rick to create the #bloodnotmoney campaign to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation which has since escalated on social media platform Twitter.
Following his knee surgery last year, Rick has bounced back with his participation in the Great North Run marking the 12th running event since the operation.
During the Great North Run, which takes place on 13th September, Rick plans to run with two red crosses on his knees, marking the anniversary.
Rick has gained ongoing support from both Spire Manchester Hospital and Jenny Meadows. Jenny commented: “I am in awe of what Rick has achieved since his operation and the work he has undertaken promoting the #bloodnotmoney cause. I am delighted to help him with his pledge to raise much needed awareness of blood donation and remind the public that a simple act from one person can result in saving the life of another.”
Amanda Eccles, Senior Marketing Coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "We would like to thank Rick for his continuous support of blood donation through his #bloodnotmoney campaign.
“Rick has managed to recruit countless new blood donors which helps us to ensure that blood stocks remain healthy. We always need new donors and we hope Rick and his work inspires others to sign up and donate."
Rick commented, “The support from a high calibre athlete such as Jenny is invaluable to helping with my awareness campaign. I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me along my journey, and to Spire Manchester to help me get back on my feet. Thank you to you all.”