NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people to make a new year’s resolution to become a blood donor in a bid to help meet the demand for blood.
A session takes place at Kettering’s Corn Market Hall, in London Road, on Saturday, January 18, from 9.30am until midday and 1.30pm to 4pm.
Shailesh Mistry, NHS Blood and Transplant’s lead donor relations manager, said: “People often set themselves very difficult and drastic challenges for their New Year’s resolutions which they struggle to complete.
“However, we are asking people here in the Midlands to do something very simple which should only take around an hour of their time, a few times a year. Making and keeping a New Year’s resolution to give blood will give you the satisfaction of knowing you are saving lives.
“We can also guarantee you a warm welcome, a nice drink and a biscuit to stave off the cold January weather.”
Anyone aged between 17 and 65, weighing more than 50kg (7 stone 12lb) 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.