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Calls for more Lancashire blood donors

NHSBT Blood Bag

5:31am 19th June 2017

A new campaign's calling for more blood donors in Lancashire.

NHS Blood and Transplants want us to say #ImThere by registering.

900,000 people in the last year have given blood - but 200,000 new donors are needed every year to make sure there's enough blood.

They're calling for more young people - as over half of donors are over 45.

There's also calls for more black donors, as there was only 10,000 last year. That number needs to be 40,000.

Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, says:

"Every day, blood donors from Lancashire make a difference; saving people whose lives depend on blood.

"Whether it is patients receiving treatment for cancer, blood disorders, after accidents, surgery or during childbirth.

"Thanks to the generosity of our loyal network of regular donors, we can ensure that hospitals have the blood needed to treat patients and, as recent weeks have sadly proven, make certain our stocks are strong enough to respond to major incidents and emergencies.

"At the same time, there is an ongoing need for more young donors to safeguard blood donation for future generations.

"And it is vital our blood donors, reflect the diversity of the population because blood types vary across communities.

"Those who rely on regular transfusions, need blood which is more closely matched than by group alone, and this will often come from donors of the same ethnicity.

"Don't worry if you've never given blood before and don't know what blood group you are - you find out shortly after your first donation.

"What's important is that you register as a donor and book your first appointment to donate.

"By saying 'I'm there', you can save the life of someone else, while going about yours."

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