I was diagnosed with inoperable and incurable Pancreatic and Bile Duct Cancer last July. After starting a course of chemotherapy it was clear my blood was very sensitive to the treatment which resulted in me requiring multiple blood transfusions.

Prior to my illness I had always been a keen donator having racked up almost 50 donations in my time but the sheer importance of donating blood didn’t hit me until it was me in need. In the past 3 months I personally have had 19 blood transfusions and the UK in general needs 6,000 donors a day to keep up with demand.

Currently only 3% of people between 17 and 66 (eligible to donate) give blood in the UK. I am determined to raise this figure. While I have had to accept that my illness is a battle I won’t win I am more determined than ever to leave a lasting legacy.

The aim is for my legacy to support and raise awareness of giving blood and it is a project that will be led by my wife and children so that we can help many others long after I am gone.

Please use this link to sign up to donate blood https://my.blood.co.uk/preregister

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21 Comments

  1. I have not given blood before but I must certainly will find out more about it and if I am able to then I will. So sorry to hear this Steve

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  2. This is a wonderful thing you are doing Steve. I hope lots of people sign up to your legacy. I have today booked an appointment to give blood and I promise to continue to do so as often as I can. Much love, my heart is with you and your family.

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  3. Sending love to you and Jane. I will definitely donate. I haven’t for s few years. But will start again. God bless you Steve. Debbie (Duncan) Skinner.

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  4. Steve I am so sorry to hear your desperate news, as you know I am very rarely short of something to say but this is one of those times. What do you say? How can you put into words something that will encompass everything you want to say? All I am going to say is you are one of life’s good guys and it’s a tragedy what is occurring, after playing football with you I know you are a tenacious man who gives 100% as a minimum so I know that is what you have given with this fight, with regards to your legacy I am unable to give blood at the moment but will do so as soon as I am able and will continue to do so thereafter, I have shared your story on Facebook and already some of my friends have promised to give blood and others are sharing your story. I have nearly 1000 friends and they have lots of friends so your legacy WILL live on.
    I met Tom at the Rushall/Stourbridge game last week and he is the spit of you and Jane and a lovely lad and I am sure he will drive this legacy forward in the future.
    So how do you end these comments? All I can say mate is my life has been enriched by knowing you and Jane and my heart goes out to you and all of your family during this battle, take care my old friend

    Jabo xx

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    1. Great to hear from you big fella. Thanks for your kind words. It’s been a privilege knowing you too. We have some great memories of our fun times together. Hope all good with you.

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  5. I’m so very sorry to hear of the desperately sad news of Steve’s illness and heart breaking effect it must have on his loved ones . I worked with Steve a long time ago and must say he was a lovely man . I myself donate blood and have done for many years and am proud to do so …. I know and agree what an important thing this is to do ….. please donate .

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    1. Thanks for the message Jacqui. It’s been a long time. Glad you support the cause. Please spread the word. I’m seeing Keith, Paul and Ken at the weekend. Hope you’re well

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  6. Hi Steve I was so shocked to hear your sad news but enthused by you message. Having know from junior football to semi pro level it brings back many great and happy memories of curries and beer after training in Bloxwich with you Bob Page and the rest of the Exchange Guys. As a stroke survivor myself you have given me another shot in the arm to keep telling myself and others how important it is giving back to help others in this world. wisGreat message and God Bless You Steve we all need to give more. Best wishes Dave Reaney.

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  7. Really brilliant work you are doing Steve.
    I’m going to give blood after reading this appeal.
    I’ve never given blood before but this has opened my eyes up to a great cause.
    Best wishes to you .

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