AN MP who donated blood has urged more donors to come forward following a 40 per cent drop in those willing to give a pint.
George Hollingbery, the MP for Waterlooville and surrounding areas, has the rare universal blood type group O-negative and gave his donation at parliament.
But he said supplies across the UK of all types are running low after the sharp fall over the last decade.
He said: ‘Luckily I have a rare blood type that only eight per cent of the population has and it can be given to anyone so it’s in much demand for emergencies and when a patient’s blood group is unknown.
‘But the reality is that NHS Blood and Transplant is short of all types of blood so I urge everyone, whatever their blood type, to think about making a vital donation.
‘It’s really easy to book an appointment online and it takes half an hour to give a pint.
‘But most importantly, the chances are your actions will save lives and that’s a great way to use 30 minutes of anyone’s time.’
Around 204,000 people will have to come forward to donate this year alone to keep the nation’s blood stocks at a safe level.