Heroes help out at blood donor sessions in Hartlepool

Hilton Cox, NHS Blood and Transplant donor relations assistant, left, with Donna Batty, lead donor relations manager outside Asda, in Hartlepool
Hilton Cox, NHS Blood and Transplant donor relations assistant, left, with Donna Batty, lead donor relations manager outside Asda, in Hartlepool
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A SUPERHERO roadshow stopped off in Hartlepool to recruit blood donors of the future.

The NHS Blood and Transplant team spent a day outside Asda, in Marina Way, as they continue to travel the country raising awareness of the importance of blood donations.

And the hardworking team are attempting to spread the word that blood donors may not be the traditional Superman or Wonder Woman, but say they save lives and improve the lives of strangers every day.

There are currently 2,287 active donors in Hartlepool but NHSBT need to recruit even more, especially young donors in the 17-24 age bracket.

Donna Batty, lead donor relations manager for the NHS Blood and Transplant team, said: “We want to thank all our donors – they really are true superheroes.

“But what we are hoping is those who haven’t donated before or for some time will be inspired by existing donors to become the superheroes of the future.”

They need to recruit donors to replace those who can’t donate due to health issues, pregnancy or unavailability and to ensure enough blood is collected to meet the needs of patients across the country.

Earlier this year the Mail launched the Mine’s A Pint campaign in an effort to halt the worrying decline in young donors in Hartlepool.

Just 172 people in the 17-24 age group signed up to give blood last year.

The next session at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, is on Monday, September 16 from 2pm-4pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. To book a spot or to register as a donor call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.