STUDENTS in Huddersfield are being given a special lesson in life, highlighting the on-going need for blood, organ, tissue and bone marrow donors.
Newsome Sports College and Rawthorpe High School are among schools nationwide using the Give and Let Live educational resource.
It has been designed for teachers to use in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship classes and is being offered to secondary schools across the UK aimed at 14-16-year-olds.
The initiative by NHS Blood and Transplant was developed following the tragedy of a Bedford teacher Jeanette Crizzle who died waiting for a suitable bone marrow donor in October last year.
It includes a teacher’s pack and a website including lesson plans, activity sheets, real life stories, debating topics, games, films and other activities
Dr Tim Wallington, NHSBT’s Interim Medical Director explains: “There is a critical and ongoing need for donated organs, blood, tissue, and bone marrow. The support of the public is vital to enable the life-saving procedures to take place that are made possible by these donations.
“We hope this initiative will not only help teachers to deliver very important learning points and skills, but that it will help shape the views of future donors and create a new generation of lifesavers.”