Looking to achieve something worthwhile over Easter? Then make a date to donate and help to save lives.
Many people choose to spend the Easter break with friends and family, but the NHS Blood and Transplant team is asking people to also think about those less fortunate than themselves and give blood at a time when it is traditional to give chocolate and gifts.
While many people think that blood is used mainly in accident and emergency situations, donated blood is vital for a wide variety of life-saving procedures.
Blood transfusions can help to treat people with cancer, various types of anaemia and other long term illnesses as well as maternity care.
Spokesman Selina Charles said: “During the Easter period we normally give gifts and chocolate to loved ones.
“By giving blood you could be helping to save lives. Blood donations are always needed but it is particularly important to give around Easter as blood stocks are often more vulnerable around public holidays. This is due to people going away or spending more time outdoors with family and friends as the weather improves.
“We would like to thank all our blood donors for helping us to keep blood stocks at a healthy level in the past few months. We really appreciate their dedication to blood donation. However, as the need for blood never stops and hospitals in England and North Wales need more than 6,000 blood donations every day I urge both new and returning donors to make a date to 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.”
To book an appointment to donate visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 to find your nearest session.
It is also easy to book through mobile apps for Windows, Android and Apple devices. To download the app, search ‘NHSGiveBlood’ in the app store.
Milton Keynes donor sessions:
April 2, Bletchley (West) Masonic Centre, 263 Queensway, Bletchley, 12.15-3pm
April 13, Church Christ Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate West, Milton Keynes, 12-3pm
April 14, Church Christ Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate West, Milton Keynes, 12-3pm
April 15, Lakes Estate, Coronation Hall, Stoke Road, Water Eaton, Bletchley, 12-3pm
April 16, St Mary’s Church, Aspley Hill, Woburn Sands, 12.15-3pm
April 20, The Ridgeway Centre Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes, 12.30-3.15pm
April 21, Church Christ Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate West, Milton Keynes, 12-3pm
April 24, Broughton Pavillion, Tanfield Lane, Broughton, 1-4pm
April 28, Church Christ Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate West, Milton Keynes, 12-3pm