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Students urged to become blood donors to help save lives

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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.

Tom Aggett, Young Donor Recruitment lead for NHS Blood and Transplant, said:

“Young people hold the future of blood donation in their hands, yet not enough are donating."

“Students make a huge proportion of Southampton‘s residents and they have a unique chance to plug the generation gap by giving blood. Giving blood saves lives and it‘s quick and easy to do – all our donors will tell you how rewarding it is and the tea and biscuits always go down well.”
 

Where can I donate?

The donor centre is located at Southampton General Hosptial, Coxford Rd, Southampton SO16 5AF

 

 

 

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