A chance to save a life

In the lead up to Mother’s Day, NHS Blood and Transplant is asking Gainsborough residents to think of their loved ones and help save lives by donating blood.

Currently 7,000 units of blood are needed every day to help save the lives of sick and injured patients across England and North Wales, yet only four per cent of the eligible population give blood.

“Mother’s Day encourages us to be thankful for the love and guidance mothers can give,” said Holly Mason from NHSBT.

“But it is also important to remind people how much blood can change the lives of others, including that of mothers and their children. Why not come along to a blood session in your area and help to save up to three lives with just one donation?”

She added: “We would like to thank all existing donors for their continuing generosity and appeal to those who have ever thought about becoming a donor – there’s no better time than now.”

Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 7 stone 12lbs and in general good health could become a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.

The next blood donor session in Gainsborough is on Wednesday 16th March at The United Reformed Hall, Gladstone Street.

Appointment times are between 1pm - 3.15pm and 4.15pm - 7.15pm. To book call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.