Donors urged to use their extra hour to give blood and ‘save lives’

Geoffrey Spencer about to donate his 100th pint of blood under the supervision of Jenny Howlett, a donor care supervisor.
Geoffrey Spencer about to donate his 100th pint of blood under the supervision of Jenny Howlett, a donor care supervisor.

With the clocks going back at the end of October, people living in the Horsham district are being urged to use their extra hour to give blood in November.

NHS Blood and Transplant is highlighting the end of British Summer Time on October 27 to remind people that they will have more time to give blood.

With each donation potentially saving up to three lives, what better way to spend it?

Blood is always required with hospitals in England and North Wales needing around 7,000 units of blood every day to treat patients.

Donated blood is not only used in accident and emergency situations but also for patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and other blood diseases.

John Canning, lead donor relations manager for NHSBT, said: “It would be great to see people using their extra hour to make a real difference to the lives of others. Blood saves and improves lives every day.

“We especially need O negative (O-) and B negative (B-) donors to come forward.

“We welcome new and existing donors and you can book an appointment or walk in to one of our sessions. You may have to wait when sessions are busy but we will do our best to ensure that everyone who wants to donate is seen as quickly as possible.”

Anyone aged between 17 - 65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.

There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit the dedicated website.

Broadbridge Heath Village Centre, Wickhurst Lane, RH12 3LY

Monday 18th November

14:00 – 16:30 & 17:30 – 20:00

Horsham Donor Centre, Majestic House, Blatchford Road, Horsham, RH13 5QR

Tuesday 5th November

11:30 – 15:00 & 16:30 – 20:00

Friday 15th November

10:00 – 13:30 & 15:00 – 18:30

Wednesday 20th November

11:30 – 15:00 & 16:30 – 20:00

Tuesday 26th November

11:30 – 15:00 & 16:30 – 20:00

Y.M.C.A. Football Club, Gorings Mead, Horsham, RH13 5BP

Thursday 21st November

13:45 – 16:30 & 17:30 – 20:00

Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning, BN44 3XZ

Monday 18th November

14:00 – 16:30 & 17:30 – 20:00