Become a blood donor and help others

A blood donation session took place at Westborougfh Church recently. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 120115'03/01/12
A blood donation session took place at Westborougfh Church recently. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 120115'03/01/12
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PEOPLE in Scarborough are being reminded about the importance of giving blood with a number of sessions arranged over the coming months.

Darren Bowen, Scarborough’s lead donor relations manager for NHS Blood and Transplant, said that the service needed to collect around 7,000 blood donations every day so that hospital patients were able to get the life-saving blood they needed.

He added: “People may get put off by the cold weather around this time of the year.

“However, we can guarantee them a warm welcome and a hot cup of tea at all of our sessions plus the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping sick and injured people in local hospitals with each and every donation they make.”

Each donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people.

Potential donors must be: aged between 17 and 65 – there is no upper age limit for blood donation if you have donated in the last two years; weigh more than 7st 12lbs – 50kg; and be in general good health.

To book an appointment contact the Donor Line on 0300 1232323 or visit www.blood.co.uk to find out more.