Make a Mother’s Day note to give blood

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NHS bosses want Milton Keynes residents to make a resolution on Mother’s Day to give blood regularly.

While many people think that blood is used mainly for accident and emergency procedures, donated blood is vital for a wide variety of life-saving procedures. A blood transfusion can help to save the life of a new mother or be used during pregnancy to help treat both the mother and the baby.

Premature babies may need a blood transfusion as well, as they may not make enough new red cells to replace the blood that is taken for essential testing.

Selina Charles, senior marketing coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “During March we are encouraging people to think about other mothers and families in addition to their own. One blood donation can help up to three adults or six babies, so donors really can make a huge difference each time they attend a session.

“Our dedicated blood donors have helped us to keep blood stocks at a healthy level over the winter months and we would like to thank them for this. However, the need for blood never stops and more than 6,000 blood donations needed by hospitals in England and North Wales every day, I would encourage both new and returning donors to make a date to roll up their sleeve and donate.

“Giving blood doesn’t take too long. It should take less than an hour from arriving at your appointment time to completing your donation. So make the time to give blood, you never know whose life you could save.”

Milton Keynes blood donation dates:

March 3: Church Christ Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate West - midday. 3pm, 4.15pm

March 6: Deanshanger Memorial Community Centre, Deanshanger - midday. 2.45pm, 4pm

March 10: Bletchley (West) Masonic Centre, 263 Queensway - 12.15pm. 3pm, 4.15pm

March 11: Church Christ Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate West - midday. 3pm, 4.15pm

March 12: Church Christ Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate West - midday. 3pm, 4.15pm

March 18: The Youth Centre, Olney Youth Club, East Street, Olney - 12.15pm. 3pm, 4.15pm

March 19: Church Christ Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate West - midday. 3pm, 4.15pm

March 23: Bletchley (West) Masonic Centre, 263 Queensway - 12.15pm. 3pm, 4.15pm

March 27: Lovat Hall, Silver Street, Newport Pagnell - 12.30pm, 3pm, 4.15pm

March 30: MK Christian Centre, Strudwick Drive, Oldbrook - 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.45pm

March 31: Stony Stratford Community Centre, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton - 12.15pm, 3.15pm, 4.30pm