Make a New Year’s resolution to give blood

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With less than three per cent of people aged 17-70 giving blood in the last year, NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people to make a New Year’s resolution that saves lives.

Giving blood for the first time is an inspirational way to start 2016. By giving up just one hour of your time you could save or improve up to three lives. You will get a warm welcome, a refreshing drink, and biscuits.

NHS Blood and Transplant always needs first-time donors to replace those who cannot donate any more, and to ensure it has the right mix of blood groups to meet patient needs. You can help ensure that patients have access to the blood they need, when they need it.

Senior marketing coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant Amanda Eccles said: “The New Year is a time when a lot of people focus on giving things up. We’re asking people in Lincolnshire 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. Please don’t just give up something this January. Give life, too.”

More than half of current donors are aged over 45 so the organisation feels it’s important to recruit younger people to donate blood now and in the years to come.

NHS Blood and Transplant needs donors from all blood groups and communities but is particularly looking for 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. Don’t worry if you don’t know your blood group before donating.

To book an appointment to donate visit the website or call 0300 123 2323 to find your nearest session.

It is also easy to book through mobile apps by searching for ‘NHSGiveBlood in the app store.