National Blood Week Campaign – The Need For More New Blood Donors – Letter Of Thanks From NHS Blood & Transplant Service

National Blood Week Campaign – The Need For More New Blood Donors – Letter Of Thanks From NHS Blood & Transplant Service:
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues, 
Why give blood?
Giving blood saves lives. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments. Many people would not be alive today if donors had not generously given their blood.
The UK Blood Service Appeal For Donors: 
The UK Blood Services need over 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients in need which is why there’s always a need for people to give blood. Each year 200,000 new donors are needed, as some donors can no longer give blood.
Most people between the ages of 17-65 are able to give blood. 
Around half the current donors are over 45. That’s why the blood donor service needs more young people (over the age of 17) to start giving blood, so the service can make sure they have enough blood in the future. Why not contact the Blood Service and then book an appointment.
Blood groups and types needed now 
The UK Blood Service desperately needs more donors from all blood groups and types. They particularly need more people from black and Asian minority ethnic communities to give blood so that they have a supply of certain blood types.
They aim to find 40,000 black donors to provide much needed blood donations for black patients with sickle cell disease. They need life-saving blood from black donors, which provides the closest match to their own.
Register as a blood donor and book an appointment to give blood and help someone in need today.
About blood 
Blood has many different parts or components including red blood cells, plasma and platelets.
It is also classified into different blood groups and blood types.
Giving blood in the UK 
UK/England Blood Service Website: Tel: 0300 123 23 23

Welsh Blood Service: Tel: 0800 25 22 66

Scottish Blood Service: Tel: 0345 90 90 999

Northern Ireland Blood Service: Tel: 08085 534 669


Thanks for your support. See attached Letter of Thanks from Ian Trenholm Chief Executive NHS Blood and Transplant. 
Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
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