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Find the courage to give blood.

Byline: By Alison Dayani

THE cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz is putting Brummies to shame after finally plucking up enough courage to give blood.

Actor Samuel James, who plays the much loved character in this year's Christmas performance atthe Rep Theatre, signed up to give a pint of blood to boost dwindling supplies. Now the National Blood Service hopes Midlanders seeing the Cowardly Lion terrified of needles and the sight of blood will summon up their own courage and give too.

Lyndsay Stewart, from the National Blood Servicesaid: "We know many people have a fear of giving blood and now is the time to face that fear. "We still need to supply 9,000 units of blood nationally every day and if the Cowardly Lion can do it so can you." As Christmas gets closer, the National Blood Service is finding it increasingly difficult toprovide lifesaving stocks to hospital patients as people are out Christmas shopping instead of rolling up their sleeve to give blood. In addition, fewer blood donor sessions are held over the Christmas holidays which means that there are fewer opportunities to collect the necessary blood stocks.

People are needed right up until Christmas Eve to make sure demand from hospitals can be met over the festive period.

n Donors must be aged between 17 and 60, over 7st 12lbs (50kg) and in general good health. Call 0845 7 11 711 or visit for more information


NO COWARD... The Wizard of Oz lion (Samuel James) with Matt Croxall, National Blood Service marketing assisitant
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Dec 13, 2005
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