Burton Albion run donation awareness day

THE family of former Burton Albion player Steve Essex have asked Brewers fans to become blood donors in his honour.

Steve played for the Brewers 176 times between 1985 and 1989 and played in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley in 1987.

He’s has been diagnosed with cancer and hoped to come to Saturday’s game to ask fans to think about becoming blood donors but was too unwell to attend.

Instead his wife Jane and son Tom came to the Pirelli Stadium and asked supporters for their support at half-time

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  1. Hi Steve,
    My name is Darren and 14 years ago I had non Hodgkin’s lymphoma, while I didn’t need to have any blood transfusions it did stop me giving blood. I have since that time tried to encourage people to give blood with the question “I can’t give blood because I had cancer, what’s your excuse?” and hopefully it has made people think about donating. I did write to the blood donation authority to ask if a hard hitting advert on the TV about my story and that question. Initially they were interested but I’m afraid it went no further but having just seen your story on Midlands today I am going to try them again, maybe the softly softly approach needs a rethink?
    With the kindest regards and admiration,
    Darren Lloyd.


  2. Sounds like a great idea Darren. Go for it! Glad my story has inspired you to try again. Many thanks


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