‘By donating our blood we could save 11 lives’

APPEAL Lyndsay Leggatt, laying down, and her husband Philip, far right, who arranged for family and friends to donate blood on behalf of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. Picture: Steve Reid (122082-476)

APPEAL Lyndsay Leggatt, laying down, and her husband Philip, far right, who arranged for family and friends to donate blood on behalf of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. Picture: Steve Reid (122082-476)

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CARING friends of a woman whose life was saved by a transfusion, have given blood and raised money.

The donor session was held by Lyndsay and Phil Leggatt, of High Lawn Way, Leigh Park, as a way to say thank you.

As previously reported in The News, mum-of-two Lyndsay lost blood and came close to dying after she suffered an ectopic pregnancy in January.

She needed seven pints of blood, which she believes saved her life.

So the couple held a blood donor session at the Waterlooville Community Centre, in Maurepas Way, Waterlooville, where 11 of their friends, and Phil, gave blood.

Phil said: ‘They were all great to give up their time and do this.

‘We could potentially be saving 11 lives with the blood donated, just like Lyndsay was helped when she needed it.

‘And it was just in the space of a few hours. We hope we can turn this into a bi-annual event.’

During the blood donor session, the Leggatts also raised £1,345. The money will be donated to the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, which helped the couple.

NHS Blood and Transplant says more donors are needed as stocks fall when there is a busy sporting calendar, like Euro 2012 and the Olympic Games. In Portsmouth, there are 5,609 ‘active’ donors – people who have given blood within the past two years. Between them they have donated 7,870 units. In each session just under a pint of blood is taken.

John Canning, lead donor relations manager for the Portsmouth area, said: ‘Lyndsay’s story highlights the life-saving role played by donated blood.

‘It shows it is vital in the treatment of a variety of conditions.

‘We are very grateful to all those who gave blood as part of the fundraiser and hope it will inspire other people in the area to become blood donors.

‘This year sees NHSBT facing a major challenge as we need to build blood stocks by an additional 30 per cent ahead of the Olympic Games.’

To find out more about donating blood and the latest sessions, go to blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.

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