LETTER: give blood in the New Year

I’m sure that after all that turkey and trifle, Advertiser readers have come up with New Year resolutions for 2014.Instead of giving something up, we’re asking them to give blood.

Donating blood saves lives. It’s an easy resolution to keep and is easy to get started.

During 2013, blood donors across England and North Wales helped save and transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients within the NHS and we are grateful to each and every one of them for taking the time to donate. We’re looking forward to welcoming them again into our donation sessions in 2014 as they continue to save lives.

But there will be lots of readers who haven’t donated before, or haven’t done so for a while, and we’re asking them to come forward and register as a blood donor.

Becoming a blood donor is easy. All people need to do is visit www.blood.co.uk, register and book an appointment at a local sesion.

So go on, we would encourage readers to make an important resolution this year — to save lives as a blood donor.

John Latham

Assistant director of merkteing, NHS Blood and Transplant