Earlier this week, the Mayor of Dartford made an appeal, via dartford.gov.uk, urging residents to take the time to donate blood.  The Mayor gave blood for the first time in the previous week.

He said, “The staff from the NHS Blood Team were great – everyone was really friendly and reassuring and explained each step of the process.  Giving blood didn’t hurt at all and I’d encourage everyone who can donate to make an appointment.”

NHSBT collects 1.8 million units of blood each year from over 23,000 blood donation sessions in more than 3,000 venues.  The team needs 7,000 people to attend a session each day to make sure they can meet the needs of patients.

Only four per cent of the country’s eligible population are active blood donors.  Of these, only 0.6% of donors come from a Black, African and Caribbean background and 2.1% are Asian.  The Mayor would especially like Dartford residents from these communities to step forward and donate.

Anyone 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.

From information taken from blood.co.uk, the following is a list of venues where you can give blood within the Borough of Dartford, with the dates for the next sessions.

Masonic Club, 71 West Hill Dartford DA1 2HJ – Next session 22 October

St Anselm’s Church, 89 West Hill Dartford DA1 2HJ – Next session 2 October

John Lewis Car Park, Bluewater Greenhithe DA9 9SA – Next session 19 November

Asda Stores, Crossways Boulevard Greenhithe DA9 9BT – Next session 16 September

Ebbsfleet Academy, Southfleet Road Swanscombe DA10 0BZ – Next session 29 December

Longfield Community Hall, Fawkham Road Longfield DA3 7QJ – Next session 23 October

About the author

Andy Clark is retired after a long career at Lloyds Register and subsequently the Civil Service. He has lived in Dartford for his entire life.

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