A big thank you has been issued to donors and supporters in Cambridgeshire after National Blood Week easily exceeded its targets.
The themed week, which ran from June 10, aimed to educate the public about blood donation and register 10,000 new blood donors nationally.
And, thanks to an overwhelming response from the public, NHS Blood and Transplant managed to smash that target and sign up almost 11,400 people.
NHS Blood and Transplant spokesperson Derek Carr said: “We are delighted that National Blood Week had such a strong response and we are very grateful for all the support we had from our donors and the public which made it possible.
“However, the task does not finish here. We constantly need new donors – and in particular younger donors - to replace the 200,000 people nationally who have to retire from donating each year due to factors like poor health and certain medication, so I would urge people to keep coming forwards. Giving blood is easy, doesn’t take long to do and can help up to three people.”
During National Blood Week, which ran from 10-16 June, NHS Blood and Transplant aimed to increase understanding of the uses of blood and the donation process to encourage those who have never given blood before, or who have not given for some time, to ‘Know Blood, Give Blood’ and help save lives.
Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50 kg (7st 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. For more information or to book an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk or contact 0300 123 23.
• Blood donor sessions are in Wisbech on July 1 and July 17 at Elme Hall Hotel but are appointment only sessions. A session will be held in March on July 12 at the Youth and Community Centre, Station Road, which again is appointment only. Call 0300 123 23 to find out more.