Need for donors

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Operation Stack Solution? -

NHS Blood and Trans­plant is urg­ing more peo­ple to do­nate blood af­ter re­veal­ing less than 3% of peo­ple, aged be­tween 17 and 70 liv­ing in Eng­land, have do­nated in the last year.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion aims to re­cruit 100,000 new vol­un­teers by the end of Oc­to­ber as part of a plan to at­tract 200,000 new blood donors needed this year.

While blood stocks are cur­rently good, new donors are cru­cial to re­plac­ing those who don’t do­nate any more and will help en­sure the or­gan­i­sa­tion has the right type and num­ber of donors to pro­vide the mix of blood to match pa­tient need in fu­ture.

Cur­rently, more than 6,000 do­na­tions are re­quired each day to treat pa­tients across the coun­try.

Jon Latham, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor at NHS Blood and Trans­plant, said: “Giv­ing blood saves lives. Please go to www. blood.co.uk to find out if you can do­nate, register as a donor and book an ap­point­ment.

“Giv­ing blood is sim­ple and easy to do and will only take about an hour of your time.”

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