Make a resolution in 2018 that changes someone else’s life

Blood Donation - This year change a life not just your own

The next blood donor session in Blackfield is on 29 January 2018 at Royal British Legion, Exbury Road, Blackfield.  SL45 1XD.  Session times – 12:45 to 15:30 and 16:20 to 19:00

Last year 131,569 people registered to give blood for the first time – will you join them in 2018 and help to save lives?

NHS Blood and Transplant are encouraging people to make a New Year’s resolution that can change someone else’s life, not just their own.

In just one hour you could make a quick and easy resolution which saves lives.

NHS Blood and Transplant need around 200,000 new donors every year to maintain the supply of life-saving blood donations.

Across England, 900,000 people gave blood in 2017.

Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It’s New Year and like many of us, you may be thinking about the year ahead and some changes you’d like to make to your life. Perhaps you want to cut down on drinking, eat more healthily or are considering joining a gym?

“This year we are asking people to focus on giving and to register to give blood. It’s easy to sign up and book your first appointment online or via our mobile phone app.

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.

If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating.

It’s quick and easy to register to become a blood donor. Visit www.blood.co.uk or download the app by searching ‘NHSGiveBlood’ in the app store. You can also call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk

The next blood donor session in Blackfield is on 29 January 2018 at Royal British Legion, Exbury Road, Blackfield.  SL45 1XD.  Session times – 12:45 to 15:30 and 16:20 to 19:00