Blood: the best Christmas present ever

NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on Calderdale residents to give a personal gift this Christmas by becoming a blood donor.

Statistics reveal that December appointments are far lower than the yearly average. Darren Bowen, of NHSBT, said: “By giving blood you’ll be giving the greatest Christmas present of all – the gift of life. Ninety-six per cent of us rely on the other four per cent to give blood.”

First-time donors should be aged between 17-65, weigh at least 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and be in general good health. To make an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk, call 0300 123 2323 or follow NHSBT at http://www.facebook.com/NHSBlood or www.twitter.com/NHSGiveBlood.