PEOPLE are being urged to make a New Year’s resolution that saves lives.
With less than three per cent of people aged 17 to 70 giving blood in the last year, NHS Blood and Transplant (NBT) is urging people in Warwickshire to roll up a sleeve in 2016. By giving up just one hour of your time donors could save or improve up to three lives.
First time donors are always needed to replace those who cannot donate any more, and to ensure NBT has the right mix of blood groups to meet patient needs.
NBT spokeswoman Karen Healy said: “The New Year is a time when a lot of people focus on giving things up. We’re asking people in Warwickshire 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.
“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.
“Please don’t just give up something this January. Give life, too.”
NBT is particularly keen to welcome 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.