Burntwood launch for campaign aiming to get people to give blood

bloodBurntwood residents are being urged to save a life by giving blood.

The National Blood Service (NBS) has teamed up with Busy Bees Day Nurseries to encourage people to donate blood.

The Save A Life campaign is being launched at 10am on March 4 with a blood donor session at Busy Bees nursery and head office in Burntwood. Stoke City FC players will be at the launch after the club gave their backing to the campaign along with baby charity BLISS.

Marg Randles, Operations Director at Busy Bees said:

“We are very excited to be launching Save a Life campaign in our 129 nurseries across the UK. We hope to encourage staff, parents, friends, families and local communities to give blood at one the many Busy Bees blood donor sessions that will be taking place around the country.

“Our aim is to get 1,200 people to give blood, which could potentially save or improve 3,600 lives. I’m pleased to say that the launch will kick our campaign off to a great start.”

Andrew Calvert, Senior Donor Relations Manager for NBS said:

“It’s great to be able to link up with such a high profile organisation like Busy Bees.  We hope to get parents, family and friends to join the thousands of blood donors who give regularly to help save lives.”

Only four per cent of the population – around 250,000 people – who are eligible to give blood actually donate regularly, but this is enough to keep the blood supply running. We do, however, always need new donors to sign up and step into the shoes of those who have to retire. If you would like to become a donor and are aged between 17 and 65, generally in good health and weigh more than 7st 12lbs, call 0300 123 23 23 now to register or visit www.blood.co.uk.

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