100-day race to recruit blood donors

Daily Echo: APPEAL: Emma Hayward, Steph Robinson and Laura Arksey promote the campaign. APPEAL: Emma Hayward, Steph Robinson and Laura Arksey promote the campaign.

IT IS the ultimate gift that can mean the difference between life and death.

But with blood stocks falling and the number of young donors signing up hitting an all-time low, the race is on to recruit 100,000 more donors in just 100 days.

The National Blood and Transfusion Service hopes 200 of those will come from Southampton and were at Hedge End retail park to achieve that target.

To help show just how important giving blood is, donors dressed as presents to meet recipients, including Steph Robinson, who as reported in the Daily Echo this week had her life saved by the selfless act of those who take the time to donate.

The number of young donors has been falling dily over the last decade but the last 12 months saw recruitment from 17 and 18-yearolds drop by 50 per cent.

Jon Latham, from the service, said: “The number of young people donating has been falling for a decade and we now need 100,000 donors to sign up in the next 100 days to start addressing the shortfall.

“We welcome new donors of any age, but a failure to boost the number of young donors now will put a strain on the blood service in the years to come.”

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12:47pm Mon 19 Nov 12

bernard7 says...

Perhaps a few details of where and when we can donate?
Perhaps a few details of where and when we can donate? bernard7

12:51pm Mon 19 Nov 12

loosehead says...

bernard7 wrote:
Perhaps a few details of where and when we can donate?
Go to the General Hospital to the blood donor unit & you can give any time of the day.
Shirley Baptist Church holds Blood Donor sessions just look at their notice board for a date
[quote][p][bold]bernard7[/bold] wrote: Perhaps a few details of where and when we can donate?[/p][/quote]Go to the General Hospital to the blood donor unit & you can give any time of the day. Shirley Baptist Church holds Blood Donor sessions just look at their notice board for a date loosehead

6:58pm Mon 19 Nov 12

dolomiteman says...

bernard7 wrote:
Perhaps a few details of where and when we can donate?
Good point Bernard, would it be too much to ask the echo to actually back up their stories with more details?
To find out where you can donate visit blood.co.uk. which lists all the blood donor sessions and venues.
Also folks don't forget to get yourself on the organ donor register at organdonation.nhs.uk
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[quote][p][bold]bernard7[/bold] wrote: Perhaps a few details of where and when we can donate?[/p][/quote]Good point Bernard, would it be too much to ask the echo to actually back up their stories with more details? To find out where you can donate visit blood.co.uk. which lists all the blood donor sessions and venues. Also folks don't forget to get yourself on the organ donor register at organdonation.nhs.uk . dolomiteman

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