National Blood Week attracts 300 donors

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MORE than 300 people made a date to donate blood in Harrogate following the first ever National Blood Week.

Figures show 74 new people registered with NHS Blood and Transport (NHSBT) in the town, and 330 made appointments to donate, following the drive, which took place between June 13 and 19.

For North Yorkshire as a whole, 400 people signed up to be donors and 2,000 made a date to donate.

Darren Bowen, NHSBT lead donor relations manager for North Yorkshire, added: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the public’s response to our National Blood Week campaign and would like to thank all of the first time and regular donors in Yorkshire and the Humber who made a ‘date to donate’, a simple act that will help to save and improve many lives.

“However, to maintain national blood stocks, we need over 172,000 donations and 21,000 new donors every year in Yorkshire and the Humber alone, and there is a lack of regular young donors.

“We therefore urge the younger generation to make a date to donate and become life savers of the future.”

For more information, visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 2323. You can follow NHSBT at www.facebook.com/NHSblood or www.twitter.com/NHSgiveblood.