Blood donors heed call to help save lives

This year’s World Blood Day, held earlier this month, saw almost a threefold regional rise in the number of people signing up as blood donors.

Almost 580 North East residents registered as donors between Friday, June 5, and the day itself, Sunday, June 14.

That marks a huge rise on the 206 who signed up the year before, but NHS Blood and Transplant bosses still want more donors to come forward.

Jon Latham, its assistant director for donor services and marketing, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everybody in Tyne and Wear who responded to our campaign by either helping to spread the word or by signing up to donate.

“We are thrilled that more than 30,000 people across England and North Wales committed to save lives by registering as a blood donor.

“While we have captured the nation’s imagination, the job is far from done.

“To ensure we have enough new donors coming forward this year to replace those who can no longer donate and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to meet patient needs, we need new people to register every day.

“Giving blood is easy, it doesn’t take long to do and you can help save or improve up to three lives each time you donate, so what’s stopping you?”

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