Mansfield and Ashfield folk urged to give blood this Easter

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Easter time is often a time for following tradition, whether old or new, such as attending religious services or the giving of cards and Easter eggs. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is asking for people in Ashfield and surrounding areas to think about those less fortunate than themselves and give a better gift this Easter by donating blood.

Over 7000 units of blood are needed every day by hospitals treating patients undergoing treatments for cancer, by those who’ve been involved in road traffic accidents and by women who experience complications during childbirth, to name just a few.

Holly Mason, spokesperson for NHSBT, said: “Blood is needed by patients 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Without the regular commitment of blood donors many lives would be lost and we are very grateful to our loyal and committed donors who save lives every time they donate. If you’ve not donated before please consider doing so this Easter and make donating blood your new tradition.”

Upcoming local sessions include:

LAMMAS LEISURE CENTRE

Sutton

Tuesday 24th April

1pm to 3.15 and 16.45pm to 7.30pm

THE CIVIC CENTRE

Mansfield

Tuesday 24th April

11.15am to 12.45pm, 2pm to 4pm and 16.45pm to 7pm

THE FESTIVAL HALL

Kirkby

Friday 4th May

1pm to 3.15pm and 16.45pm to 7.30pm

Anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health.

If you’ve donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.

To find out more about blood sessions in April or to book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk