More than half of the active blood donors in Lincolnshire are over the age of 45. NHS Blood and Transplant has revealed the figures to encourage younger people, and those who could donate but no longer do so, to make a commitment to register to give blood during National Blood Week 2013 (June 10 to 16).
The week is aimed at encouraging people to find out more about blood and blood donation – or to ‘Know Blood, Give Blood’. With seven out of ten 16-21 year olds wanting to know more about the blood donation process before deciding whether to donate, NHS Blood and Transplant hopes that extra knowledge will prompt more people to become donors, ensuring a steady supply of blood for NHS patients.
Holly Mason, NHS Blood and Transplant’s Lead Donor Relations Manager for Lincolnshire, said: “We value all of our existing donors, but want to build up our donor base to maintain a steady supply of blood, which has a short shelf life, to help save and improve patient lives. In the last 12 months, 5,458 people from Lincolnshire signed up to donate blood, which is fantastic. We want to build on this to ensure we always have the right number of donors of the different blood groups to meet patient needs. For this year’s National Blood Week, we hope the people of Lincolnshire will choose to sign up or come back and give blood to help save a life.”
While it isn’t possible for NHS Blood and Transplant to collect in every village, town and city in Lincolnshire, the teams are never far away. A quick call to the contact centre 0300 1232323 or putting your postcode into our website www.blood.co.uk will give people information about the nearest and next sessions in Lincolnshire and further afield.