August fun day raises blood clot awareness

Katie Mallinson of Scriba PR at the Enterprise Showcase Christmas Market

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:00 BST

A jam-packed day of fun and games will raise money and awareness for a very important cause, next month.


Specially organised to support Lifeblood – the thrombosis charity, the ‘Lifeblood in Hudd’ event will welcome young and old alike, when it takes place at Soccer City, Huddersfield on Sunday 17th August. And looking at the activities planned for the day, it seems like there’ll be something for all.


Those with a competitive streak have already signed up for the event’s 5-a-side tournament, which starts at 11am. With optional fancy dress, the contest will welcome die-hard football fanatics and entrants simply attempting to scoop the ‘best dressed player’ prize. Ten teams will battle to win the competition under the watchful eye of two professional referees, who have volunteered their time to oversee the games.


Supporters can watch from the pitch side or from the venue’s upstairs room, which offers a fantastic vantage point plus an abundance of further fundraising activities. Cakes, buns and brownies will be on sale for those with a sweet tooth, whilst face painting, manicures, beauty products, quiz, raffle, ‘bag a bottle’ and other games, will also be on offer.


The event is being organised by Katie Mallinson, a 28-year old PR consultant who works in the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre, having taken part in the University Enterprise Team’s ‘Activ8 Your Business’ scheme. Having been diagnosed with a severe blood clot in March, this is a charity very close to her heart.


She explained: “Venous thromboembolism (VTE) causes an estimated 500,000 deaths in Europe every year. Such figures are incredibly frightening and illustrate the scale of the awareness raising efforts required among the public and health professionals. I certainly knew nothing about VTE a few months ago, but I’m not alone.


“The Lifeblood website explains how most people have little or no understanding about the causes and effects of blood clots, nor how they can be prevented. So, whatever money we can raise on 17th August will go towards the very valuable work of this thrombosis charity. I can’t wait to see if we will meet our £700 target!”


Already the event has received fantastic support. One of Katie’s clients, industrial shredder manufacturer UNTHA UK, has generously sponsored the 5-a-side pitches. And raffle prize givers to date include another client [Ti] Installations – who have kindly donated a 32” television, plus local businesses Saffron Indian restaurant, The Lazy Camper, Temple Spa, Concepts Beauty, 1885 the restaurant, Flying Saucers Pottery Café, Beauty by Sarah Jane, Total Hand Car Wash, and Design by Stephanie Jayne.


“Now it’s important to encourage as many people as possible to come along on the 17th to get involved and have fun,” continued Katie. “There really is something for everyone, whether you want to stay for an hour, or the whole day. There’s even a bar for those who like to enjoy a pint on a Sunday afternoon!


“If you are interested in entering a 5-a-side team, it’s not too late. We may be able to accommodate more than ten squads so if you’d like to play, please contact me and we’ll see if we can fit you in.”


Lifeblood in Hudd will take place on Sunday 17th August at Soccer City, Wakefield Road, Huddersfield. The games will kick off at 11:00, with the event due to finish at approximately 16:00.


For further information about the day, please contact Katie on 07751 615110 or If you are unable to attend but would like to donate please visit


To learn more about the work of Lifeblood, visit


Katie is supported by the University’s Enterprise Team, which offers business start-up advice and support to current students and graduates of up to 5 years. Find out how we can help you develop your ideas at


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