Give blood and save a life

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As May approaches it brings with it the promise of warmer weather and two very welcome public holidays.

But NHS Blood and Transplant is reminding people in Morley to think about those less fortunate than themselves and make a date to donate.

A session will be held on May 11 at the Village Hotel in Tingley at 2.15pm, 4pm, 5pm and 7.30pm and people are invited to go along and help hospitals across England and North Wales who need more than 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients. While many people think that blood is used mainly for accidents and emergencies, donated blood is vital for a wide variety of life-saving procedures. A blood transfusion can help to save the life of a new mother or it could be used to treat blood disorders, such as sickle cell anaemia and Thalassaemia.

Amanda Eccles, Senior Marketing Coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “As the weather gets better we understand that people would like to spend time enjoying it with their loved ones but please don’t forget about those patients who rely on blood donors to save their lives or keep them well, so they can enjoy the good weather too.

“It is always an important time to give blood, but stocks can be more vulnerable around public holidays. We would like to encourage both new and existing donors in the Morley area to take the time to donate blood this May.

“We can promise them a warm welcome and the satisfaction of knowing that their life-saving donation will be used to help people.

“Giving blood should take less than an hour from arriving at your appointment time to completing your donation. So make the time to give blood, you never know whose life you could save.”

To book an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.