NHS Blood and Transplant is calling for Solent University students to register as blood donors. Currently 2.7% of Southampton residents (1) donate blood at the Southampton Donor Centre, but the NHS is trying to recruit new younger donors to join them. Every year some regular donors stop donating due to poor health or getting older so it‘s crucial that younger people sign up and start donating to secure a reliable donor base for the future.
During 2020 NHSBT aims to recruit 1,399 new donors in Southampton, especially young donors.
There is a loyal donor base of around 4,602 people at the Southampton Donor Centre but only 18% of these are aged between 17-24.