Join campaign and give blood

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YOUNG people have the chance to halt a concerning decline of blood donors in Hartlepool at a donor session next week.

The session, on Thursday, is the first in the town since the Mail launched the Mine’s a Pint campaign, urging those aged between 17 and 24 to sign up and give blood.

Figures revealed to the Mail showed that just 172 people in that age group signed up to give blood from January this year to the start of this month, continuing a trend which has seen the amount of young donors in Hartlepool drop for the last five years.

Now the Hartlepool Mail has teamed up with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) in a bid to boost the numbers.

But it isn’t just young people who are needed to give blood and save lives. The NHSBT need to recruit 225,000 new people to replace existing donors who drop out of the system every year.

NHSBT’s lead donor relations manager for the Hartlepool area, Donna Batty, said: “We are really hoping that Mail readers will respond to our joint campaign calling for more donors and get along to one of our forthcoming sessions in the New Year.”

People are now being urged to register and book a spot ahead of a session at the Hartlepool Town Hall, in Raby Road next Thursday, January 3 from 2pm-3.45pm and again from 4.30pm-7.15pm.

The session is the first of two at the Town Hall this month, with the second being held at the same time on Thursday, January 17.

Donna added: “We’re particularly keen for new young donors to go along and give blood.

“While walk-in appointments are usually available, we always urge people to avoid disappointment by making appointments.”

Residents also have the opportunity to give blood in Billingham next Friday, January 4 at a session at Billingham High Grange Community Centre, in Casson Way, from 2pm-3.45pm and from 4.30pm-7pm.

Meanwhile sessions will also be held at Peterlee Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday, January 8 from 10am-noon and 1.30pm-3.45pm and at Wingate Community Centre on Wednesday, January 16 from 2.45pm-3.45pm and 4.30pm-7pm.

To register and make an appointment, call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.