Give blood in Louth

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COULD you spare an hour of your time to help save a life this autumn?

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) are asking people to give blood over the coming weeks to make sure blood stocks stay healthy as winter approaches.

With donors more likely to stay at home during the winter and many people unable to donate due to seasonal coughs and colds, it’s vital that those who can give blood at the moment do so. The whole process takes around an hour – with the actual donation taking less than ten minutes – and could save the life of up to three people.

The next local session is at the British Legion Hall in Northgate, Louth, on Thursday November 24 between 1pm and 4pm and 5pm and 8pm.

Holly Mason Lead Donor Relations Manager for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We need to collect thousands of units of blood every day to provide patients in hospitals across the country with lifesaving transfusions. At this time of year blood stocks tend to dip because people are unable to give blood, so it’s important that people come forward to donate if they can do.”

Anyone aged between 17 and 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 those who have donated in the last two years. To book an appointment call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk