#ImThere campaign calls for Lancashire blood donors to save lives

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 19, 2017

A campaign's been launched to encourage more people in the East of England to give blood.

Over the past year, 900,000 people donated, including 32,351 people in Greater Manchester.

NHS Blood and Transplants want us to say #ImThere by registering. Around 10,000 black people gave blood past year, but around 40,000 new black donors are needed.

It hopes to better last year's figure of more than 14,000 people from the county donating blood at least once.

"The process itself hasn't changed, but as our donors come through having made their donation, we have tried to create something that feels like a nicer, more relaxing environment". Half of all donors in England are over 45 so it's important we recruit younger people to donate blood to help meet patient needs now and in the future.

"Obviously as National Blood Donor Week it's a great time to put the highlight on the importance of blood and plasma donation and it will hopefully attract new donors and some donors who have possibly lapsed to return to make a donation", she said. Those who rely on regular transfusions, need blood which is more closely matched than by group alone, and this will often come from donors of the same ethnicity. Whether it is patients receiving treatment for cancer, blood disorders, after accidents, surgery or during childbirth.

"Don't worry if you've never given blood before and don't know what blood group you are - you find out shortly after your first donation. By saying "I'm there", you can save the life of someone else, while going about yours".

In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood.

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