Voluntary sector: Footballers kick-start blood cancer cause

As part of its Give Blood Cancer the Red Card campaign, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research wanted to spread local awareness of its lifesaving work at a football match between Nottingham Forest and Coventry City. This was particularly relevant because Nottingham City Hospital is part of a UK clinical trials network aimed at speeding up the delivery of new treatments.

Support: footballers get behind the campaign
Support: footballers get behind the campaign

Campaign: Give Blood Cancer the Red Card
Client: Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
PR team: In-house
Timescale: January-February 2012
Budget: £1,000


  • To raise awareness of blood cancer, the charity and its events, and the hospital's involvement in the new network.


Ex-footballer and leukaemia survivor Geoff Thomas had a pre-event photo-shoot with Coventry player Carl Baker, whose elder brother died of leukaemia. On match day, Thomas led the teams, who warmed up in charity-branded T-shirts, on to the pitch with two local children who were being treated for leukaemia. A Twitter and Facebook campaign ran in the week leading up to the event.


The campaign generated national TV coverage on the BBC's The Football League Show and Late Kick Off. Thomas was interviewed on TalkSport radio.


There were 120 clickthroughs from Twitter to the campaign web page, 118 shares on Facebook and £1,000 was raised.

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