Make giving blood your New Year resolution

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With less than three per cent of people aged 17-70 giving blood in the past year, NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people in West Sussex to make a New Year’s resolution that saves lives.

Giving blood for the first time is an inspirational way to start 2016.

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 can’t donate any more, and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to meet patient needs.

Michelle Laserna, senior marketing coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “The New Year is a time when a lot of people focus on giving things up.

“We’re asking people in West Sussex to focus on giving, and to register to give blood. It’s easy to sign up and book your first appointment using our website and mobile apps. Please don’t just give up something this January. Give life, too.”

More than half of our donors are aged over 45 so it’s 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.

To book an appointment to donate visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 2323.

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.

Donors can search for sessions, change their contact details, book appointments and change/cancel their appointments in real time on www.blood.co.uk

Stephen Bailey

Senior Media and PR Officer

NHS Blood and Transplant