Help save a life by giving blood this Easter

Community health day planned to educate residents

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PEOPLE are being asked to make time to donate blood as the Easter holidays approach.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is asking for people in the Portsmouth area to think about those who may need help.

More than 7,000 units of blood are needed every day by hospitals treating patients for many reasons, including those undergoing treatment after being involved in road traffic accidents and women who experience complications during childbirth.

John Canning, spokesperson for NHSBT, said: ‘Blood is needed by patients 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

‘Without the regular commitment of blood donors many lives would be lost and we are very grateful to our loyal and committed donors who save lives every time they donate.

‘If you’ve not donated before please consider doing so this Easter and make donating blood your new tradition.’

The next sessions take place on:

· Monday, March 26, at Havant Leisure Centre, Civic Centre Road, Havant, from 2pm to 3.55pm and 5pm to 7.15pm.

· Wednesday, March 28, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, from 1.30pm to 3.25pm and 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

· Thursday, March 29, Portsmouth Football Club, Fratton Way, Portsmouth, from 1.30pm to 3.25pm and 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

· Friday, March 30, Jubilee Hall, Little Shore Lane, Bishop’s Waltham, from 1.30pm to 3.25pm and 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Visit blood.co.uk for more information.