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Leeds: Grateful patients meet blood donors at drive for supplies

GIVE AND TAKE: Donors wrapped up like presents in Leeds included Danielle Walters, front, William Child, Mike Grout, Roy Coggan, Elizabeth Canning and Cassandra Markland-Light, pictured with recipients.

GIVE AND TAKE: Donors wrapped up like presents in Leeds included Danielle Walters, front, William Child, Mike Grout, Roy Coggan, Elizabeth Canning and Cassandra Markland-Light, pictured with recipients.

  • by Katie Baldwin
 

Their lives were saved by the gift of others – and blood recipients could thank donors in person at a special event.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) held a Leeds launch for its drive to recruit 100,000 new donors in 100 days.

Every year 225,000 new donors are needed to replace donors who stop giving.

Donna Batty, NHSBT’s lead donor relations manager for the North East region, said: ”We need 100,000 donors to sign up in the next 100 days to help us start addressing the shortfall.

“We’re asking the people of Leeds and the North East to come forward and would especially welcome young people as there has been a sharp decline in this age range.”

At the city centre event were people who owe their lives to vital blood donations.

Anthony Perkin, from Leeds, had two blood transfusions in September after suffering from a bleeding Duodenal Ulcer.

The 52-year-old said: “Receiving blood enabled me to make a quicker recovery and probably prevented complications. Having been a donor myself, I know how easy it is to donate and I know, as a recipient, the gift of blood is priceless.”

Other blood recipients at the event included David Copes from Wakefield, who received more than 30 units after a motorbike accident.

Donor Elizabeth Cannings, 37, from Wakefield, said: “My parents first prompted me to give blood. I like to help people and you never know when you might need it from someone else.”

To find out if you are eligible to become a donor and to register, visit: www.blood.co.uk or call us on 0300 123 23 23. You can also follow NHSBT on Twitter or Facebook.

 

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