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Added on: 5th January, 2017 by Jane _20810
With less than 3% of people aged 17-70 giving blood in the last year, NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people in Dronfield to make a New Yearís resolution that saves lives.
Giving blood for the first time is an inspirational way to start 2017. By giving up just one hour of your time you could save or improve up to three lives. You will get a warm welcome, a refreshing drink, and the famous biscuits.
NHS Blood and Transplant always needs first time donors to replace those who canít donate any more, and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to meet patient needs. You can help ensure that patients have access to the blood they need, when they need it.
Jane Allen, Session Marketing Coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: ďThe New Year is a time when a lot of people focus on giving things up. Weíre asking people in Dronfield to focus on giving, and to register to give blood. Itís easy to sign up and book your first appointment using our website and mobile apps. Please donít just give up something this January. Give life, too.Ē
More than half of our donors are aged over 45 so itís important that we recruit younger people to donate blood now and in the years to come.
NHS Blood and Transplant needs donors from all blood groups and communities but is particularly looking for new donors from black and Asian communities, and donors with the universal blood group O negative, as well as from groups A negative, B negative and AB negative. Donít worry if you donít know your blood group before donating.
To book an appointment to donate visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 2323 to find your nearest session.
It is also easy to book through mobile apps for Windows, Android and Apple devices. To download the app, search 'NHSGiveBlood' in the app store.