Give Blood with Joely Bear

Category: Save A Life

The Joely Bear Appeal was launched in January 1995 in memory of Joel Renak, who died aged 4 from a rare form of liver cancer. Over the years, Joely Bear has collected over 10,000 units of blood (effecting up to 30,000 patients) and raised more than £300,000 for charitable projects. We know that with your help we can continue this vital work.

The need for regular blood donors cannot be stressed too highly. Everyone expects blood to be available whenever it’s required, whether for surgery or for treating patients with other illnesses especially cancer. Unfortunately only one in twenty of the population who are able to be donors actually give blood regularly and the appeal is active in promoting the importance of doing so. By running three blood donor sessions each year and creating a supportive, family atmosphere at our sessions we encourage all those who are able to contribute.

Find out more about The Joely Bear Appeal on our website ( and Facebook page (

The Project

This Mitzvah Day, The Joely Bear Appeal would like to invite you to Borehamwood Shul or Edgware Community Hospital to Give Blood and Save Lives!
All of the family are encouraged to join us – as usual we’ll be providing a fully supervised crèche, bouncy castle and face painting as well as plenty of free (kosher) refreshments. Most people can give blood, yet only 4% of the able population actually do.

If you are in good health, aged 17 to 65 and weigh at least 7st 12lb you can donate. You can give blood every 16 weeks, that’s approximately every four months. Within two weeks of Mitzvah Day, the blood donated there will have been put to essential, life saving use. Whether this is in routine or emergency surgery, treatments for cancer and many other major illnesses and diseases. Without blood donors, these surgeries and treatments would not be possible.

Unable to donate? Volunteer to help us with refreshments, security, ‘meet n greet’ or in the crèche! Email to find out more.

Location of the project:

Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue (Croxdale Road, Borehamwood, WD6 4QA)

AND Edgware Blood Donor Centre (Edgware Community Hospital, Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware HA8 0AD).

Please visit to book an to book an appointment and avoid any queues. You will still be able to donate without an appointment.