Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - Mike Stred­der Di­rec­tor of blood do­na­tion, NHS Blood and Trans­plant

THE New Year has tra­di­tion­ally been a time when peo­ple think about giv­ing things up.

This year we’re ask­ing peo­ple in Cheshire to make a new kind of res­o­lu­tion and reg­is­ter to give blood.

Or if you’ve al­ready done so but haven’t man­aged to do­nate, we’d love to wel­come you to one of our ses­sions in 2017.

It’s easy to sign up to be­come a blood donor and book an ap­point­ment, on­line, via an app or on the phone.

Each do­na­tion can po­ten­tially save up to three lives. In 2017 don’t just give up, give.

In gen­eral, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over seven stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged be­tween 17 and 66, up to 70 if you have given blood be­fore, you should be able to give blood.

If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to con­tinue do­nat­ing.

If you’re al­ready a blood donor, why not look into whether you could be­come a platelet donor.

We par­tic­u­larly need donors with the A neg­a­tive blood group as they can help any pa­tient, regardless of blood type.

One platelet do­na­tion can help up to three adults or twelve ba­bies or chil­dren.

It’s quick and easy to reg­is­ter to be­come a blood donor, visit www. ●, down­load a give blood app, search ‘NHSGiveBlood’ in the app store or con­tact 0300 123 23 23. You can do­nate platelets at your near­est donor cen­tre.

If you al­ready give blood, ask about platelet do­na­tion at your next ap­point­ment.

Could you do some­thing amaz­ing this year, by giv­ing blood?

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