Eastbourne people asked to give blood this Mother’s Day

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NHS Blood and Transplant is asking Eastbourne residents to give blood for Mother’s Day.

Many people think that blood is used mainly for accident and emergency procedures, but donated blood is vital for a wide variety of life-saving procedures. This March, the NHS is asking people to think about mothers and children whose lives have been saved.

A blood transfusion can help to save the life of a new mother or be used during pregnancy to help treat both the mother and the baby. Premature babies may need a blood transfusion as well, as they may not make enough new red cells to replace the blood that is taken for essential testing.

Selina Charles, senior marketing coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant, said, “During March we are encouraging people to think about other mothers and families in addition to their own.

“One blood donation can help up to three adults or six babies, so donors really can make a huge difference each time they attend a session.

“Our dedicated blood donors have helped us to keep blood stocks at a healthy level over the winter months and we would like to thank them for this.

“However, the need for blood never stops and more than 6,000 blood donations needed by hospitals in England and North Wales every day, I would encourage both new and returning donors to make a date to roll up their sleeve and donate.

“Giving blood doesn’t take too long. So make the time to give blood, you never know whose life you could save.”

One blood donation can help up to three adults or six babies, so donors really can make a huge difference each time they attend a session.

Selina Charles, senior marketing coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant