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People in York and Market Weighton Urged to Donate Blood


5:00am 2nd April 2013

With the days getting longer, NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people from York and the East Riding to think about blood donation as they start to make more plans.

As Spring starts, winter hibernation can be forgotten - with extended daylight, Bank Holidays and Summer holidays to look forward to.

But when you’re planning how you’re going to enjoy 2013, make sure you fit in giving blood. Or if you’ve never done it before, why not book in now?

Blood donations are a vital part of treatment for many conditions including cancer and long term illnesses, people involved in accidents and in maternity care. Hospitals across England and North Wales need 7,000 units of blood every day and each unit can save the lives of up to three people.

Donna Batty, Lead Donor Relations Manager for NHS Blood and Transplant for Yorkshire and the North, said: “More daylight makes us all feel better and like we have more time and we’re asking people to think about giving blood as they start to make more plans.

“Being willing to spare some free time, a couple of times a year, means you can help us to save lives.

“We urge regular donors and those who haven’t been for some time to book appointments now. We also need new donors, especially 17-24-year-olds, and would encourage people to find out more and sign up.”

Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50 kg (7st 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.

For more information or to book an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk or contact 0300 123 23 23.

Upcoming local sessions include:


Tuesday 2nd April 2013

St. Oswalds Church, Fulford

14:00 – 16:00 and 17:00 – 19:00


Thursday 4th April 2013

The Bowls Centre, Market Weighton

14:15 – 16:00 and 17:00 – 19:30


Friday 5th April 2013

Osbaldwick Primary School, Osbaldwick

14:00 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 19:00

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