YOUNG adults in Wigan are being urged to give blood as part of the third annual National Blood Week.
The latest statistics released by the NHS Blood and Transplant service show that nearly half of the active blood donors in Greater Manchester are over the age of 45.
Health chiefs say the NBW is aimed at encouraging people to find out more about blood and blood donation – or to ‘Know Blood, Give Blood’. With seven out of ten 16-21 year olds wanting to know more about the blood donation process before deciding whether to donate, NHS Blood and Transplant hopes that extra knowledge will prompt more people to become donors, ensuring a steady supply of blood for NHS patients.
Barbara Blanche, NHS blood and transplant’s lead donor relations manager for Greater Manchester, said: “We value all of our existing donors, but want to build up our donor base to maintain a steady supply of blood, which has a short shelf life, to help save and improve patient lives. In the last 12 months, a total of 16,875 people from Greater Manchester signed up to donate blood, which is fantastic. We want to build on this to ensure we always have the right number of donors of the different blood groups to meet patient needs.
For this year’s National Blood Week, we hope the people of Greater Manchester will choose to sign up or come back and give blood to help save a life.”
During National Blood Week people can find out more about blood donation and how blood is used at one of NHS Blood and Transplant’s recruitment events, by visiting www.blood.co.uk or by following NHS Blood and Transplant’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/NHSBlood) and Twitter (@GiveBloodNHS) pages.