More blood donors needed to save lives

NHS Blood and Transport needs around 200,000 new donors every year.
NHS Blood and Transport needs around 200,000 new donors every year.
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NHS Blood and Transplant is encouraging people in Bridlington to make a New Year’s resolution that can change someone else’s life.

Last year 720 people in East Riding registered to give blood for the first time and the organisation is appealing for more help to save lives.

People across the East Riding are being asked to be part of an amazing group of people who save lives.

NHS Blood and Transplant needs around 200,000 new donors every year to maintain the supply for life-saving blood donations.

Donors are needed from all blood groups and communities but there is a particular need for more people from black and Asian communities to donate to help provide the right mix of blood.

Mike Stredder, director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “In just one hour you could make a quick and easy resolution which saves lives.

“It’s now the New Year and like many of us, you may be thinking about the year ahead and some changes you’d like to make to your life. Perhaps you want to cut down on drinking, eat more healthily or are considering joining a gym?

“This year we are asking people in East Riding to focus on giving and to register to give blood.

“It’s easy to sign up and book your first appointment online or via our mobile phone app.

“By donating blood you will save or improve the lives of up to three people. Do something amazing in 2018. Give blood.”

If you are already a blood donor you could consider becoming a platelet donor. NHS Blood and Transplant particularly needs donors with the A negative blood group as they can help any patient, regardless of blood type.

One platelet donation can help us to three adults or 12 babies or children.

It’s quick and easy to register to become a blood donor. Visit www.blood.co.uk or download the app by searching ‘NHSGiveBlood’ in the app store.

You can also call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk