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Call For More Cornish Youngsters to Become Blood Donors

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7:01am 10th June 2013

Pirate FM has learnt more than half the people who give blood in Cornwall are over forty-five.

Officials say they are desperate for youngsters to start donating too.

More than three and a half thousand in the Duchy have signed up over the last year - but the number actually doing it has dropped.

The blood is used to emergency transfusions, but also to treat a wide variety of illnesses, including some types of cancer.

Geraldine Parker, NHS Blood and Transplant’s Lead Donor Relations Manager for Cornwall, said: “We value all of our existing donors, but want to build up our donor base to maintain a steady supply of blood, which has a short shelf life, to help save and improve patient lives.

"In the last 12 months, a total of 3,589 people from Cornwall signed up to donate blood, which is fantastic. We want to build on this to ensure we always have the right number of donors of the different blood groups to meet patient needs. 

"For this year’s National Blood Week, we hope the people of Cornwall will choose to sign up or come back and give blood to help save a life.”

During National Blood Week people can find out more about blood donation and how blood is used at one of NHS Blood and Transplant’s recruitment events, by going to the website.

Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50 kg (7st 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.

There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.

You can find out where to donate blood online or by calling 0300 123 23 23.

7:01am 10th June 2013

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