Give blood and help save lives

BLOOD donors are being encouraged to attend local sessions to help return stocks to normal levels.

NHS Blood and Transplant had to cancel a number of donation sessions due to bad weather over Christmas and the New Year, which led to a dip in collections.

Fortunately, the generosity of donors over the festive period meant there was enough blood to meet demand, but stocks are down.

NHS spokesman Darren Bowen said: “Blood stocks were affected over December and January and we want to get levels back to normal as quickly as possible.

“We thank all donors for their continuing generosity and appeal to those who have ever thought about becoming a donor — there’s no better time than now.”

Donors should be between the ages of 17 and 65, in general good health and weigh more than 7 stone 12lbs.

Sessions will be held at Morpeth’s Storey Park Community Centre on Friday, February 4, and Friday, February 25, from 1.30pm to 3.45pm and 4.30pm to 7pm on both days.

Two sessions will also be held at Broomhill County Middle School in Hadston Road on Wednesday, February 23, from 2.45pm to 4pm and from 4.45pm to 6.30pm.