200 new blood donors come forward but more needed at sessions across Scunthorpe area
A CAMPAIGN to get 200 more blood donors in North Lincolnshire has smashed its target.
The Telegraph launched the Save a Life campaign in January in a move to get more donors to sign up.
The campaign managed to find more than 100 new donors by February – and it was then extended to find another 100.
The latest session took place at the Winterton Rangers Football Club.
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And a donor there who decided to give blood after being in a car crash has backed the campaign.
Claire Rudkin, 41, from Winterton, was giving her 24th donation on the day. She said: "I first started donating about 22 years ago after a car crash my now husband and I were in at the time.
"I had a bruised chest and my car was a write-off.
"I didn't need blood, but if it had been more serious, I'd like to think blood would be there.
"It just gave me a bit of a jolt to give blood. It is quite encouraging to see all these new donors signing up."
The number of new blood donors in North Lincolnshire now stands at 221.
And the NHS Blood and Transplant service is continuing to run blood sessions across North Lincolnshire.
Winterton resident Alan Gregory, 52, was giving his 53rd donation.
He said: "I started donating in my early 20s.
"I work as a nurse for the NHS and I work in operating theatres, so I know how important donating blood is."
Holly Mason, lead donor relations manager with NHS Blood and Transplant, said the campaign had been a success.
She said: "To have recruited more than 200 new blood donors in the Scunthorpe area is wonderful.
"We are so grateful to the Scunthorpe Telegraph for supporting the campaign and making such a great contribution. We'd like to thank everyone who has signed up.
More new donors are still needed. Sessions will be taking place on Wednesday, April 2 from 1.15pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.15pm at the Wortley House Hotel, Rowland Road, Scunthorpe; on Friday, April 5 from 12.45pm to 3.30pm and 4.30pm to 7.15pm at the Epworth Leisure Centre, Burnham Road, Epworth; on Monday, April 15 from 1.15pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.15pm at The Royal Hotel, Doncaster Road in Scunthorpe; and on Wednesday, April 24 from 1.45pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.15pm at the Ancholme Leisure Centre on Scawby Road, Scawby Brook.
To book an appointment, visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.