MP’s blood appeal

John Healey MP gives blood at a Bloodmobile has he is raising awareness that people need to donate. Picture: Andrew Roe

John Healey MP gives blood at a Bloodmobile has he is raising awareness that people need to donate. Picture: Andrew Roe

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DEARNE MP John Healey gave blood last week to help raise awareness of the need for people to donate.

The Labour politician made good on his New Year’s resolutuon to give blood by donating to at a mobile Bloodmobile at Parkgate Retail World on Friday.

He said: “Giving blood is simple for the donor but life changing for the patient who receives it. That’s why I’ve made a new year’s resolution to donate regularly.”

The National Blood Service expect 2012 to be a challenging year for blood reserves, because of the extra bank holiday and bumper sporting calendar, including the Olympics.

Last year nearly 6,000 donations of blood were given in Rotherham and nearly 5,000 in Barnsley, but only four per cent of the eligible population regularly donate.

NHS Blood and Transplant’s lead donor relations manager, Holly Mason, said: “We’re very thankful to John for taking the time to donate and raise awareness of the need to give blood here in South Yorkshire.

“Although he had given blood many times before, John had taken a short break from donating, as is the case with many people.”

To find out more about blood donations or to book an appointment, visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.