In the lead up to Mother’s Day, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is asking residents in Mansfield to think of their loved ones and help save lives by donating blood.
Donated blood and can be used in a number of ways, including replacing blood-loss during surgery and also for mothers if they experience severe blood-loss during childbirth if they haemorrhage for example. It is also used for patients receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, such as leukaemia and can be used for premature babies.
Holly Mason, from NHSBT, said; “Mother’s Day encourages us to be thankful for the love and guidance mothers can give. But it is also important to remind people how much blood can change the lives of others, including that of mothers and their children. Why not come along to a blood session in your area and help to save up to three lives with just one donation? You never know who will need blood, or when they will need it.
“We would like to thank all existing donors for their continuing generosity and appeal to those who have ever thought about becoming a donor – there’s no better time than now.”
Residents of Mansfield can donate at: Oak Tree Leisure Centre, Jubilee Way south, Mansfield, Thursday 17th March and Thursday 31st March, 12:15pm – 3pm and 4:30pm – 7pm.
Thoresby Welfare Social Club, Fourth Avenue, Edwinstowe, Tuesday 29th March, 12:15pm – 3pm and 4:30pm – 7:15pm.
Mansfield Civic Centre, Wednesday 30th March, 11:15am – 12:45pm, 2pm – 4pm and 4:45pm – 7pm.
Currently 7,000 units of blood are needed everyday to help save the lives of sick and injured patients across England and North Wales yet only four per cent of the eligible population give blood.
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