Kind hearted folk help smash target

Leigh on Sea blood donor session.  Donor carer Claire Kilminster checks the blood pressure of young blood donor Cassie Bost before she gives blood.
Leigh on Sea blood donor session. Donor carer Claire Kilminster checks the blood pressure of young blood donor Cassie Bost before she gives blood.

Dozens of people have come forward to give blood across the Broxtowe borough helping the National Blood service recruit 100,000 new donors in 100 days.

The Advertiser reported last month new recruits were needed in the area, and thanks to kind people like those in our district the service smashed its target two weeks early.

But the Advertiser’s campaign to find new donors specific to Eastwood area has not ended, and people are still being encouraged to come forward.

Holly Mason, lead donor relations manager at the blood service said: “The 100,000 new donors in 100 days campaign has been a great success and we would like to say a big thank you to all those people that signed up and helped us to exceed our target. However, the need for blood is constant and each year we need 225,000 new donors to sign up to ensure that our blood stocks are consistent.

“We would like to encourage all those that haven’t yet thought about giving blood to sign up now. Giving blood really is the gift of life and with each transfusion helping up to three people an hour of your time can make a huge difference to the life of someone else.”

The campaign was launched following a dramatic decline in the number of younger donors signing up in 2012.

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.

To find out if you are eligible to become a blood donor and make a date to donate, visit www.blood.co.uk or call us on 0300 123 23 23.