Appeal for donors

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AN appeal has been made for more blood donors over fears stocks could drop through the Olympic Games.

NHS Blood and Transport reported a three percent fall in donations during the Wimbledon tennis tournament and it is worried there could be another dip now.

Blood is used for accidents and emergencies, patients undergoing surgery and people receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases.

Lead Donor Relations Manager Donna Batty said: “Blood has a limited shelf life of 35 days for red blood cells and just seven days for platelets. Because of this it is vital that both existing and new blood donors come forward now so we can ensure that vital supplies of blood are available for the patients that need them over the summer months.”

A donor session will be held at Storey Park Community Centre in Morpeth on Sunday, from 10.30am to 1pm, and from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Anyone aged between 17 and 65, and weighing more than 50kg (7 stone 12lbs) could potentially become a donor, and there is no upper age limit for those who have donated in the last two years.

To book an appointment call 0300 123 2323, or visit www.blood.co.uk