Fairfield resident Geoff Smith has for many years been doing something amazing! He has been giving blood. Recently Geoff gave his 100th donation and along with other prolific donors, was invited by the Blood and Transplant organisation (NHSBT), to a special presentation.
Giving blood saves lives. The blood donations are a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments.
New blood donors from all backgrounds are needed to ensure that the right blood is available for patients who need it, when they need it.
What is needed?
• Nearly 400 new donors a day to meet demand
• Around 135,000 new donors a year to replace those who can no longer donate
• 40,000 more black donors to meet growing demand for better-matched blood
• 30,000 new donors with priority blood types such as O negative every year
• More young people to start giving blood so we can make sure we have enough blood in the future
Most people can give blood. You can give blood if you:
• are fit and healthy
• weigh 50–160kg (7 stone 12lbs – 25 stone)
• are aged 17–66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before, or over 70 if you have given blood in the last two years)
Why don’t you get in touch and do something amazing too?