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Council backs blood campaign

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10 August 2016

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Enfield Council is backing an international campaign to encourage people to become blood donors.

Enfield Council is backing an international campaign to encourage people to become blood donors.

The initiative, which will take place on 16 - 21 August and which is led in the United Kingdom by the National Blood and Transplant aims to increase the pool of blood donors to tackle a shortage of type A, O and B blood supplies.

To raise awareness of the campaign, Enfield Council is urging residents to sign up to give blood and will be removing the letter A, B and O from its social media pages on August 16 to spread the message and encourage residents to support it.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: "Across the world the pool of blood donors is shrinking and we want to help ensure there is enough blood available for the many vital, life saving purposes it is used for.

"It is so easy for a fit, healthy person to donate a pint of blood to help save lives.

"Every day thousands of pints of blood are used to treat patients across the United Kingdom. The blood donated is needed to save the lives of seriously ill people, during complex surgery, child birth, the treatment of road crash victims, and in a wide variety of operations.

"Each year the National Health Service in England needs 200,000 new donors just to meet the demand for blood, and if you are fit and well please do think about becoming one of them.

"Giving blood is a precious, life saving gift that most people are able to give, and the blood is easily replenished in a few days after a donation."

People can give blood if they:

  • are fit and healthy
  • weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg)
  • are aged between 17 and 66 (or 70 if they have given blood before)
  • are over 70 and have given blood in the last two years

Men can give blood every three months and women every four months.

For more information about giving blood, visit NHS Give Blood or call 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment.