Mansfield folk urged to give blood

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is urging Mansfield people to brave the cold and the dark to give blood this month.

You can next give blood in on Thursday 18th October 11:15am – 12.45pm, 2.00pm – 4.00pm and 4.45pm – 7:00pm at Mansfield Civic Centre in Chesterfield Road South.

There are many ways that donated blood can save the lives of the sick and injured.

Donated blood is used not only in accident and emergency situations but also for patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, such as leukaemia.

Holly Mason, lead donor relations manager for NHSBT, said: “We know that the drop in temperature, the end of summer and the beginning of a new school term has meant that many of our donors have had to change their routines.

“Now that people are back to their normal schedules, we would like to remind donors and those that are thinking of donating for the first time, about the constant demand for blood and inform them that now is a great time to prepare for the upcoming winter months.”

Anyone aged between 17 - 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 donors who have donated in the last two years.

To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.