Save a life campaign supported by Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin who gives his pint during Pods session
BLOOD donors across North Lincolnshire say sign up help save a life.
The Telegraph teamed up with NHS Blood and Transplant to launch the Save A Life campaign – which is being backed by 15-year-old leukaemia sufferer Ayshea Singh.
The Scunthorpe Telegraph aims to get 100 people to give blood by signing up for sessions in the region – and 77 have already donated.
Sarah-Lee Bootland and her husband Martin Bootland donated at a session at The Pods in Scunthorpe.
At the session, Mrs Bootland was donating for the 70th time and Mr Bootland was donating for the 72nd time.
Mrs Bootland, from Scunthorpe, whose blood type is A rhesus negative, said: "I started donating blood when I was 18 and my father used to do it.
"If you can save somebody's life, it is worth it.
"You receive something after doing 10, 25 and 50 donations. It is nice to be appreciated.
"I certainly think it helps if you have relatives who do it, so you can speak to people that have donated."
Mr Bootland, 51, from Scunthorpe, whose blood type is O positive, said he started donating blood with work colleagues at the Elsham Treatment Works.
He said: "It is just a chance to give something back."
Also taking time out to give blood was Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin.
Mr Dakin's blood type O negative is the least common and the only type of blood that can be given to anyone.
He said: "It is a bit of time out of your life, but if you are helping people, it is worth it.
"What is fantastic here is you look around and all these people are volunteers.
"They are giving up their time and it is a reminder of just how wonderful people are."
Alison Peden, 40, from Scunthorpe, said: "I started donating quite recently, but I am not scared or nervous about giving blood.
"It is just an opportunity to give something back."
Has a blood donor saved your life? Call 01724 273136 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE TO GIVE BLOOD
Today (Friday, February 1) at Broughton Village Hall on High Street. 1.45pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.15pm.
Thursday, February 14 at The Royal Hotel on Doncaster Road. 1.15pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.15pm.
Friday, February 15 at Scunthorpe General Hospital.
10am to 1pm and 2pm to 3.30pm.
Sign up at www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 1232323.