the Free Press has launched a campaign urging readers to help save lives this summer by helping to prevent blood stocks becoming critically low.
We have teamed up with the National Blood Service to launch our 100 Donors in 100 Days campaign after it was revealed lives could be put at risk with a busy summer of sporting events set to see blood levels in the borough diminish.
As part of our drive we want 100 people to sign up to be a blood donor and make sure that thousands of lifeline donations still get to those in need at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
And you can help kick-start our campaign by attending one of the donor sessions listed below.
Health bosses are predicting a shortfall as people miss appointments as they celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Olympics and Euro 2012.
Over the coming weeks, we will be promoting the work of the NHS Blood and Transplant service with a series of insights into how it works, who it help and why they need more donors to step forward.
Graeme Huston editor-in-chief of South Yorkshire Newspapers said: “There aren’t many ways you can save a life by giving up just 40 minutes of your time.
“Blood transfusions are an absolute lifeline to so many people across the borough and I would urge people to book a session today.“
Holly Mason, lead donor relations manager at NHS Blood and Transplant, is thrilled that the Free Press’ campaign.
She said: “It’s really important that we build up stocks to see us through the summer period. In previous years, we’ve noticed major falls in the number of donations during busy periods like Wimbledon or the World Cup.
“We are making a huge effort to make sure we build up stocks to compensate for what is a potential major fall in donors.”
Currently, only about four per cent of eligible donors in the UK give blood - yet the DRI need 10,000 units each year.
Blood is not just used for people undergoing surgery - two thirds of it is used to treat people suffering from blood disorders like leukaemia.
First time donors need to be aged between 17 and 65, weigh at least 7st 12lbs and be in good health.
Anyone in Doncaster wanting to become a blood donor should either call 0300 1232323 or visit Give Blood to book an appointment or for more information.
Here is a list of upcoming donor sessions taking place across Doncaster.
Carr House Centre, Danum Road, Doncaster, May 9, 1pm to 3.30pm and 4.30pm to 7.15pm
Healthy Living Centre, Intake Primary School’s Sports Hall, Sandringham Road, Intake, June 3, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Bentley Pavilion, Askern Road, Bentley, May 25, 12.30pm to 3.30pm and 4.30pm to 7.15pm
Keepmoat Stadium, Stadium Way, Doncaster, July 19, 11am to 12.45pm and 2pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.15pm
St Peter’s Community Centre, Warmsworth Road, Balby, May 2, 11am to 12.45pm and 2pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.15pm
Community Centre, Church Street, Armthorpe, July 20, 12.45am to 3.30pm and 4.30pm to 7.15pm
Adwick Leisure Centre, Welfare Road, Woodlands, May 23, 11.15am to 1pm and 2.15pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.15pm
To book an appointment or for more information call 0300 123 2323 or visit Give Blood