“EACH 470mls donation pack of blood can save up to three lives.”
That’s the thought-provoking message from the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) Service. The organisation is calling for more people to donate, as blood stocks typically fall at Christmas time.
And at Knowle Village Hall last week, many locals heeded the appeal and turned out to give much needed supplies – most were regulars but some had also come along to register their interest.
The day was also a special one as the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Hawkins, dropped in to honour a staunch supporter, Lynn Hartley from Dorridge, who was making her 50th donation.
The 70-year-old said: “When I was young I had a friend with a blood disorder and I just thought I would do it. I was about 18 or 19 when I first gave blood and it was much the same then as now.
“It was then intermittent over the years as I had young children or had operations or went abroad so you couldn’t donate.”
Lynn, who lives in Wyken Close, added: “Lots of my friends give blood and I would encourage everyone to donate. One day you might need it.”
And Coun Hawkins also vowed to make an appointment to become a blood donor .
He said: “It’s wonderful to see so many people here. I’ve had more than 23 operations over the years and was anaemic afterwards but I would definitely like to do it if possible.”
The service is making a particular appeal for 17-24-year-olds to roll up their sleeve, so if you can help visit www.blood.co.uk.