Norfolk and Norwich operatic society support our New Blood campaign

A Norwich theatrical group, which is currently preparing to stage its performance of Sweeney Todd, has shown its support for the Evening News's New Blood campaign.

Five members of the Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society have signed up to become blood donors. The NHS Blood and Transplant mascot, Billy Blood Drop paid a visit to the group's rehearsal this week to help raise awareness.

Jospeh Betts, 23, who lives in the Heartsease Estate, was one of those who signed up to save a life. Mr Betts, who works as a cashier at Barclays, said: 'I am blessed with a great family and friends and thought it was about time I did something for other people. It's one of those things that people talk about but don't actually get around to doing. I should have done this a few years ago.'

The Evening News is trying to recruit 750 people to sign up to become blood donors throughout December. Operatic society chairman David Pulling said: 'Our performance of Sweeney Todd is not a horror, it's a Victorian melodrama. It's very black and there's some throat-cutting. We thought it would be a good idea to give some blood back to the community.'

Niamh Church, a committee member, who has donated more than 70 units of blood, said: 'I started donating blood on my 18th birthday. I have always donated, even when I was living overseas.'

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The society will perform Sweeney Todd at the Norwich Theatre Royal from February 4-9. Tickets from the box office on 01603 630000 or online at

For more information about how to join the blood donor register and where to donate, visit

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