Give blood, save lives

BLOOD donor sessions will be held in Northumberland next week.

NHS Blood and Transplant is appealing for people to give blood as each donation could potentially save the lives of three adults or seven babies.

Donations are often used to help mothers and babies who suffer complications during childbirth, as well as help to treat premature babies, replace blood lost during surgery and treat patients with cancer and blood diseases like leukaemia.

Anyone wishing to donate should be aged between 17 and 65, weigh at least 50kg (7 stone 12lbs) and be in general good health.

Those who have donated before can start again up to their 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for people who have donated blood in the last two years.

A session will be held at Ponteland Memorial Hall in Darras Road on Thursday, March 8, from 1.45pm to 4pm, and from 4.45pm to 7pm.

There will be one at Storey Park Community Centre in Morpeth the following day, running from 1.30pm to 4pm and from 4.45pm to 7pm.

For more information, or to book an appointment, call 0300 1232323 or visit www.blood.co.uk