Two thousand tickets for the Sheffield United v Norwich City match on Saturday 15 March 2008 are being offered to fans who are registered blood donors or are listed on the NHS Organ Donor Register at a special price of £5. The seats will be located in the Westfield Health Stand or adjacent to it.
Donors can claim their discounted ticket for the match by simply bringing along their Blood Donor or NHS Organ Donor cards to the Sheffield United Box Office. This game is also designated as ‘quid a kid’ so any donors wanting to bring under 16s can get them tickets for just £1. Tickets are strictly limited to 2,000 so donors are urged to get their tickets soon.
It is hoped that the offer will reward blood donors and those who have signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, as well as encourage people to become donors.
Currently blood levels are at the lowest in history and the need for organ donors has also never been more urgent. More than 8,000 people in the UK are currently in need of an organ transplant, be it heart, lungs, kidney, pancreas, liver or cornea. But every year, around 400 people die in the UK while waiting for a transplant.
Westfield Chairman Graham Moore says “I think this is a magnificent gesture by Sheffield United to help those who care about those less fortunate than themselves by making a donor commitment. It is not just the donors who will benefit from this generous offer as all money raised will be donated to Sheffield based charity Neurocare. The charity funds equipment for the neurosciences department at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital."