A res­o­lu­tion to save lives


Burton Mail - - News - By BETH PRIDDING [email protected]­plc.com @beth­prid­ding

MEN in Bur­ton and South Der­byshire are be­ing urged to match women in mak­ing be­com­ing a blood donor their New Year’s res­o­lu­tion.

New fig­ures re­veal more than twice as many women as men in Eng­land be­came New Year blood donors in 2018, with 13,719 women reg­is­ter­ing last Jan­uary to be­come blood donors, com­pared to only 6,092 men.

Donors of ev­ery gen­der are wel­comed by NHS Blood and Trans­plant.

How­ever, men’s blood can con­tain fewer an­ti­bod­ies against red and white blood cells be­cause women of­ten make these an­ti­bod­ies dur­ing preg­nancy. This means male blood can be more suitable for cre­at­ing blood prod­ucts used to treat pa­tients. Mike Stred­der, di­rec­tor of Blood Do­na­tion for NHS Blood and Trans­plant, said: “It’s vi­tal more men start do­nat­ing blood be­cause their Ses­sions at in­clud­ing Vil­lage Hall (in­set) held blood is used to pro­vide life-sav­ing prod­ucts like plasma and platelets – to save vic­tims of burns, car crashes and treat to pa­tients with can­cer.

“We’re in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to all our fe­male donors. But we need men to catch up with re­cent re­cruit­ment be­cause their blood can have dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics which can make it im­por­tant in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions.” Giv­ing blood is quick and easy and just one do­na­tion can save or im­prove the lives of three peo­ple in need of a blood trans­fu­sion.

More than 200,000 new donors are needed to give blood ev­ery year across Eng­land to re­place those who can no longer do­nate reg­u­larly. Ses­sions are held at: Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter Day Saints, Bur­ton; The Pin­gle School, Swadlin­cote; Gres­ley Hall Com­mu­nity Cen­tre; and Bar­ton un­der Need­wood Vil­lage Hall.

To make, view and change ap­point­ments, call 0300 123 23 23, use the GiveBlood app, or go on­line at www.blood.co.uk

Giv­ing blood is quick and easy. are venues Bar­ton

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