Notts: Fresh blood appeal

The Blood and Transplant Service needs more donors.
The Blood and Transplant Service needs more donors.

Over 7,000 units of blood are required every week for A&E, maternity wards and cancer treatments, and a fresh appeal during National Blood Week is asking for new donors.

Currently over half of Notts’ donors are over 45, so young people are being encouraged to donate.

National Blood Week’s theme is ‘give blood, know blood,’ and aims to give people more information in a bid to increase donations.

Holly Mason, the region’s lead donor relations manager, said: “We value our existing donors, but want to build up our donor base to maintain a steady supply of blood, to help save and improve patient lives.”

“In the last year, 8,821 people from Notts signed up to donate - we want to build on this to ensure we always have enough donors of the different blood groups to meet patient needs.

Worksop man Tony Eaton, who was recently honoured for passing 75 donations, said he would not be alive if not for blood transfusions received during 35 operations.

He added: “If family or friends needed blood, it’s nice to think it will be there to possibly save their lives - but it needs donations to make sure it will always be there.”

For more information, visit www.blood.co.uk