Don Valley Caroline Flint MP is supporting the Missing Type campaign for new blood donors. The MP issued a photo holding a poster with the As, Bs and Os from her name and constituency.
The Missing Type campaign, led by NHS Blood and Transplant, brings together 25 blood services from 21 countries to call for new donors to ensure blood donation for future generations.
Throughout the campaign As, Bs and Os - the letters of the main blood groups - are disappearing in everyday and iconic locations around the world including America, Australia, Japan and Ireland. Patients from around the world have thanked blood donors in a moving video and famous names in participating nations are backing the campaign.
Caroline Flint is supporting the call for people in Doncaster to register as the new blood donors of the future.
In England, there is a particular need for more young blood donors and more black and Asian donors, and more donors with O negative and A negative blood.
Caroline said: “I’m really proud to support Missing Type and I hope that people in Don Valley constituency, and across Doncaster, will help ‘fill in the gaps’ by registering as new donors. Every donation helps or saves up to three people.
“I donate blood regularly. Everyone needs to know how important donated blood is for patients with a variety of conditions like anaemia, cancer and other blood disorders. Blood is also used for patients having surgery or to treat new mothers who lose blood in childbirth.”
Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, the service that collects, tests and processes blood for hospitals across England, said: “Blood donation is an amazing gift and we are really grateful to Caroline Flint for her support. Blood transfusions save lives and we need people in Doncaster to register as new donors.
“Thanks to the generosity of our current donors, hospitals have the blood needed to treat patients and there is not a crisis in blood stocks. Despite overall blood use in hospitals declining, we need more people to start giving blood to replace those who can no longer donate and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to match patient needs in the future.
“We need more young donors to help ensure the future of blood donation. We also particularly need more donors from Black African, Black Caribbean, mixed race, Arab and South Asian heritage to become blood donors to reflect the ethnic diversity of patients.
“Don’t worry if you’ve never given blood before and don’t know what blood group you are – you find out shortly after your first donation. What’s important is that you register as a donor and book your first appointment to donate.”
Said Caroline: There are sessions happening in Doncaster every month. Go to www.blood.co.uk and type in Doncaster to see all the venues and to book and appointment. Or call 0300 123 23 23. To support the campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram use or search for #MissingType; and share the message about giving blood.”