I am currently sending out copies of the DVD to national newspaper editors and health editors. So far I have done The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Express,The Times.The Telegraph and The Guardian.
While I work through the nationals, could I ask that if you ave any contacts with your local press you send them a copy of the DVD, along with a reminder of the meeting on 18th May? You can either just send a link to the DVD in an e-mail or letter, which they can then access on-line, or you could burn a hard copy and post it to them. Please see below for instructions for both, and also suggested wording for a letter that you can adapt as necessary.
1. Link to DVD that can be sent in an e-mail or letter:
2. How to make DVD duplicates to send to MP's and the Press / media using a PC DVD writer / burner :
Download this : http://www.4shared.com/file/D3g5bE7x/TB-DVD.html - there is a timed wait to download it.
Make sure you save it to a new (empty) folder on your desktop - give the folder an appropiate name.
This is a ZIP file containing the DVD image files / burning software, artwork for the label and full instructions.
A ZIP file is simply one big compressed file, containing many other files - therefore it needs to be ' undone '
To do this, just right-click on the file TB-DVD.zip select ' unzip / unzip here / unpack here ' or similar (PC's vary).
As if by magic, the original single file you downloaded, will suddenly become 3 individual files and a folder.
Start by reading the text file ' READ THIS ' - all the instructions are included in this file.
Any problems or queries, please let us know
Suggested wording for letter (Adapt as necessary):
Your address and date
I am writing to you as a member of the contaminated blood community and of the campaign group TaintedBlood. I would be most grateful if you could take time to look at the enclosed DVD, which includes words and photographs from the scientists, victims and politicians who have been involved in this scandal for the last quarter of a century.
The recent Government review, chaired by the Under Secretary of State for Health, Anne Milton, offered the government a golden opportunity to end this campaign once and for all, and to bring about closure for the majority of the victims. In the end, however, between 70 and 80% of the haemophilia community did not benefit from it at all, and the rest have only been afforded yet another rung up the ladder of truth and justice.
On 18th May there is to be a meeting with Anne Milton, which will be attended by several members of our community. They aim to explain at the meeting the sheer devastation that this review has inflicted on our already grievously damaged community. They are particularly keen to point out the huge weight of evidence supporting our stance that is coming out of the Penrose Inquiry in Scotland, and which we believe will impact on Westminster.
Should you wish to arrange any interviews, please contact either myself, Mike Dorricott, (TaintedBlood’s Press Officer) or Sue Threakall (Chair).
sign and print name
Mike Dorricott: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Threakall: email@example.com