Call to save lives by donating blood

NHSBT Blood Bag

NHSBT Blood Bag

"Obviously as National Blood Donor Week it's a great time to put the highlight on the importance of blood and plasma donation and it will hopefully attract new donors and some donors who have possibly lapsed to return to make a donation", she said. About 10,000 black people donated blood previous year but 40,000 new black donors are needed to help save lives of patients with sickle cell disease.

"The process itself hasn't changed, but as our donors come through having made their donation, we have tried to create something that feels like a nicer, more relaxing environment".

The service, which provides blood for hospital procedures, wants more young people to give blood to ensure the future for operations and other surgical treatments. It is vital our blood donors, reflect the diversity of the population because blood types vary across communities. To get the best treatment, patients who receive regular blood transfusions for conditions like sickle cell disease, need blood which is closely matched to their own.

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

Donating blood should take no more than an hour from appointment time and each donation can save or improve up to three lives.

You can donate as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7st 12lbs and are aged between 17 and 66 years old.

If you're already a blood donor, why not look into whether you could become a platelet donor. You can donate platelets at a number of dedicated centres around the country.