Advertiser backs campaign to recruit donors

Sheffield Steeler Randy Dagenais is pictured giving blood at the Sheffield Blood Centre in Church Street,Sheffield,with Randy is Donor carear Stephanie Vause
Sheffield Steeler Randy Dagenais is pictured giving blood at the Sheffield Blood Centre in Church Street,Sheffield,with Randy is Donor carear Stephanie Vause

Your towns need you! That’s the rallying-call from the Advertiser and the National Blood Service as it emerged Eastwood needs hundreds of new donors.

More than 300 blood donors in Eastwood are desperately needed to help save lives and the Advertiser is backing a recruitment campaign.

The National Blood Service says it also wants to boost the number of donors in Kimberley after a sharp decline in the number of young people signing up to give blood over the last 12 months.

In the Broxtowe borough last year 330 17-to-24 year-olds gave blood – compared to 500 back in 2010.

County-wide about 4,000 have come forward for the last six years, but only 2,700 came forward during 2012.

The blood service launched a campaign last November to find 100,000 new donors in 100 days as a way to increase stocks.

And although they have recently hit their target, they say they have had a better response in some areas than in others.

“We’re looking for new blood donors in Eastwood and Kimberley, especially young people, so would urge everyone to consider it,” said a spokesman.

“Each donation can potentially save three lives so you can really make a difference.

“We’ve been pleased with the response to our drive to recruit new donors but still need more people to come forward.”

Seventeen-to-24-year-olds account for around 40 per cent of new donors each year.

Donor relations co-ordinator Anna Kerr said: “We are particularly eager to increase numbers of young donors as these will become ‘the lifesavers of the future’.

“With blood donation sessions available for people to book an appointment throughout 2013, it is important that people from Eastwood help to maintain stocks as hospital demand for blood remains very high.”

Regular blood donor sessions are held at Greasley Sports Centre in Newthorpe and at Kimberley Leisure Centre.

One unit of blood can save the lives of three people.

Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.

The blood service collects approximately 2 million units of blood each year from 1.4 million blood donors.

A regular supply of blood is vital because red cells last only 35 days and platelets only seven days.

If you have any specific concerns about donating visit www.blood.co.uk or call our helpline on 0300 123 23 23.