Don’t dither, give blood!

THE National Blood Service is asking people in East Cambridgeshire to make it their New Year s resolution to give blood. Gareth Bell of the NBS said: It takes just an hour to give blood, and that gift could save several lives. Only five per cent of the

THE National Blood Service is asking people in East Cambridgeshire to make it their New Year's resolution to give blood.

Gareth Bell of the NBS said: "It takes just an hour to give blood, and that gift could save several lives.

"Only five per cent of the eligible population currently donate, so we're hoping that people will make every effort this year to become a regular donor."

To be eligible to become a donor, you must be aged between 17 and 59, weigh more than 7st 12lbs (50kg) and be in good health.

"The New Year is a good time to take stock of your life and plan any changes for the year ahead, and we would like new, lapsed and regular donors to make a special New Year's resolution to give blood.

INFO: For further information, call the National Blood Service on 08457 711711 or visit www.blood.co.uk

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