Need for donors
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.”