Start 2018 by giving a blood donation

December 19 2017

NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people in Bishopston and Redland to make a New Year’s resolution that saves lives.

NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people in Bishopston and Redland to make a New Year’s resolution that saves lives.

The organisation says: Doing something good this year doesn’t have to mean giving something up. We’re asking people to give blood - it’s an inspirational way to start 2018. By giving up just one hour of your time you could save or improve up to three lives. 

In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood. If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating. It’s especially important that we recruit younger people to donate blood and we are particularly looking for new donors from black and Asian communities, and donors with the universal blood group O negative. 

It’s quick and easy to register to become a blood donor, visit www.blood.co.uk, download a give blood app, search 'NHSGiveBlood' in the app store or contact 0300 123 23 23. 

 If you’ve registered but haven’t yet donated, please book an appointment at Bristol Donor Centre this year.