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Monday, June 7, 2010

Blood Donors Wanted

BLOOD donor sessions will be held in Morpeth and Ponteland this month.
The NHS needs 7,000 voluntary donations of blood every day to meet demand, but only four percent of the eligible population are active donors.
Now NHS Blood and Transplant is hoping more will come forward.

Spokesman Craig Taylor said: "It is important that both existing and new blood donors come forward and donate now and regularly.
"It isn't an exaggeration to call them lifesavers as without them vital supplies of blood wouldn't be available for patients."

Donors can give blood three times a year. The need to be aged 17 to 65, though there is no upper age limit for people who have donated in the last two years, should weigh more than 50kg (7 stone 12lbs) and be in general good health.

The process takes about an hour.

The service will be at Ponteland Memorial Hall in Darras Road on Thursday, June 10, from 2pm to 3.30pm and from 4.15pm to 7pm.

It will be at Storey Park Community Centre in Morpeth on Friday, June 18, from 1.30pm to 3.45pm and from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

To book an appointment in advance call 0300 123 2323 or visit