Northamptonshire residents donate blood for campaign

Banbury Guardian | Jason Pritchard

More than 1,500 people living in Northamptonshire who have never given blood before registered to donate blood in just 11 weeks during a national campaign

The NHS Blood and Tranplant’s #BleedForEngland campaign aimed to rally people in England to sign up to donate blood to help patients as well as support their own team during the world’s biggest rugby tournament.

NHS Blood and Transplant wanted to encourage 100,000 people to register as blood donors between England’s first warm-up game and last Saturday’s World Cup Final and by the time the final whistle blew, 101,295 had signed up.

World Cup winners Jonny Wilkinson, Martin Johnson, Ben Kay, Jason Leonard and Maggie Alphonsi all backed the campaign by donating blood for the first time.

Jon Latham, assistant director of donor services and marketing at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to the well-known rugby players and organisations who have given up their time freely to support the campaign. We’re delighted that more than 100,000 new donors have committed to save lives by donating blood and it’s great that so many people in Northamptonshire signed up. Continue reading