Almost £100,000 raised for life-saving bloodmobile in memory of Lord Sacks

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Almost £100,000 raised for life-saving bloodmobile in memory of Lord Sacks

Following the death of the former Chief Rabbi, Jewish News and Magen David Adom launched a campaign to honour his legacy

Justin Cohen is the News Editor at the Jewish News

Lord Sacks with Tony Blair at The Jewish News Night of Heroes. (C) Blake Ezra Photography Ltd.
Lord Sacks with Tony Blair at The Jewish News Night of Heroes. (C) Blake Ezra Photography Ltd.

Nearly £100,000 has been raised towards a new life-saving bloodmobile for Israel in memory of Lord Sacks.

Following the passing of the former chief rabbi aged just 72 last November, Jewish News and Magen David Adom launched a campaign to purchase the first of a new batch of bloodmobiles which will transport teams around the country to collect some of the 1,100 units a day that keep supplies full. Around 80 percent of the country’s total blood supply is collected this way but much of the current fleet is two decades old and close to being beyond economic repair.

Bearing the name of the former chief rabbi, it will eventually find a home at the new British and American-funded Blood and Logistics Centre, which is due to open next year. The vehicle costs a total of £135,000.

MDA chief executive Daniel Burger said: “I’m absolutely thrilled by the generosity of our community who have now raised the majority of what we need to complete this fitting tribute to a truly remarkable and humbling man who was passionate about the lifesaving work of MDA. We are extremely grateful to Jewish News for making this possible and helping us secure the vital funds needed. When the Israeli ambulance supplier heard of who it was in memory of, they also donated generously!”

Tony Blair hailed the project when it was launched while Rabbi Lord Sacks’ family said the opportunity to save lives was a fitting tribute to his legacy.

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