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Regular blood donors down by 23%

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The number of regular blood donors has fallen by almost a quarter in the last decade, health officials said.

The amount of donors who frequently give blood has fallen by 23% in the last 10 years, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said.

To mark National Blood Week, the organisation is trying to recruit more young blood donors and is encouraging “lapsed donors” to start donating again.

“Over the last 10 years the number of regular donors has fallen by almost a quarter (23%),” said NHSBT’s assistant director of marketing Jon Latham

“We want to build up the number of donors so we can maintain a steady supply of blood, which has a short shelf life, to help save and improve patient lives.

“Giving blood is easy, doesn’t take long to do and can help up to three people.”

 

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