Appeal to help save lives by donating blood

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PEOPLE across Hartlepool have been urged to help save lives by donating blood.

Staff from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) are reminding residents that hospitals need blood in January just as much as they do any other time of the year.

As a result, Darren Bowen, NHSBT’s lead donor relations manager for the North area, is calling on both existing and new donors to make a date to donate this month.

He said: “Lots of people are warm to the idea of giving blood but may get put off by the cold weather around this time of the year.

“However, we can guarantee them a warm welcome and a hot cup of tea at all of our sessions – plus the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping sick and injured people in local hospitals wth each and every donation they make.”

Sessions take place at Seaton Carew Social Club, in Station Lane, on Tuesday, January 3, from 2.30pm-3.45pm and 4.30pm-7pm, and then at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, on Tuesday, January 17, from 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm.

Anyone aged between 17 and 65, weighing more than 50kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.

There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.

Anyone wishing to attend a session should ideally book a place, either by calling 0300 123 23 23 or going to www.blood.co.uk