Save a life - give blood

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If you are a Wisbech, King’s Lynn or Downham Market resident with a bit of time to spare, then why not call in to one of the local sessions and donate blood.

NHS Blood and Transplant works hard to run an efficient service and collect as much blood as possible at every donation session, so if you live near a session, why not help save lives? The demand for blood is never ending and hospitals in England and North Wales need 7,000 units of blood every day so every blood donor at every session counts.

The blood donor sessions at Wisbech Elme Hall Hotel, King’s Lynn: King’s Centre & Downham Market Town Hall have space for more donors and people are being encouraged to book appointments or walk in to these sessions if they can spare some time.

Giving blood is easy to do and takes around an hour. One donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people. Donated blood is not only used in accident and emergency situations but also for patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and other blood diseases.

Derek Carr, Lead Donor Relations Manager at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We welcome new and existing donors to give blood and we will do our best to ensure that everyone that wants to donate is seen as quickly as possible. Sometimes there may be a short wait as the number of donors that turn up can’t be predicted in advance and the last hour can be particularly busy. If you can free up some time in your busy schedule to help those who vitally need a blood transfusion then please come along to a session.

“In Wisbech there are donor sessions held at Elme Hall Hotel and in Downham Market at the Town Hall. In King’s Lynn donor sessions are held at The King’s Centre & King’s Lynn Gaywood Church Rooms, so residents should be able to get to one of these at a time convenient for them. By donating blood you can help us keep the stock levels stable as we approach the colder months.”

Dates: Wednesday 16th October Wisbech, Elme Hall Hotel, 1pm to 3.15pm & 4.30pm to 6.45pm.

Monday 21st October King’s Lynn, The King’s Centre, 1pm to 3.15pm & 4.30pm to 7pm.

Wednesday 23rd October Downham Market Town Hall, Bridge Street, 1pm to 3.15pm & 4.30pm to 7pm.

First time donors should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health. 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 23.