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Donate Blood in Wimbledon

Save a Life for Your New Year’s ResolutionPeople from Wimbledon are being asked to consider saving a life or three for their New Year’s resolution by giving blood in 2013.As the festive cheer leaves us and people ponder how to make the New Year better than the last, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is challenging people to spare an hour of their time to donate blood.The New Year’s resolution message comes at a time when there a need to recruit new donors after a dramatic decline in the number of younger donors signing up in 2012. NHSBT aims to recruit 100,000 new donors in 100 days to counteract this drop and protect future blood stocks. With blood donation sessions available for people to book an appointment throughout 2013, it is important that people from Wimbledon help to maintain stocks as hospital demand for blood remains high at the start of the year.  John Canning NHSBT’s lead donor relations manager for the South East said: “New Year’s resolutions have become a bit cliché over the past few years as people always set themselves up for big challenges they are unable to complete. Our challenge is a simple one plus we can guarantee donors a warm welcome, a hot cup of tea and a biscuit to help boost their sense of achievement not to mention the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping sick and injured people in local hospitals with each and every donation they make.” For those keen to take up the challenge, they can do so at one of the following donor sessions:Upcoming local sessions:Wimbledon, Sacred Heart PresbyteryEdge Hill Wimbledon SW19 4LUMonday 14th January17:00 - 20:00Thursday 17th January17:00 - 20:00 Raynes Park, Dundonald Church 577 Kingston Road Raynes Park SW20 8SATuesday 8th January14:00 - 16:30 & 17:30 - 20:00Anyone 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.For more information or to book an appointment, call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk

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