Help boost summer blood stocks

BLOOD donors have been urged to take time out from the summer holidays to attend Morpeth sessions.

NHS Blood and Transport is warning that blood stocks often dip during the summer as they cannot be stockpiled, but around 7,000 units are still needed every day to help save lives.

Donations can make the difference between life and death, particularly for people with severe blood loss, such as those who have complications in childbirth or who are involved in a traffic accident.

Donor sessions will be held at Storey Park Community Centre in Morpeth on Sunday, from 10.30am to 1pm and from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, and on Friday, August 19, from 1.30pm to 3.45pm and from 4.30pm to 7pm.

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

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

People who have appointments and can’t attend are asked to notify the service in advance.