Donations are rising in the young

Young people are increasingly thinking of others when it comes to blood and organ donation.

More than half of the 20,000 people who registered to donate blood for the first time in England and North Wales were aged between 17 and 30 during National Blood Week in June.

Almost 1.2 million people currently under the age of 21 are registered on the organ donor register and more than 4 million people were under 21 when they signed up.

Lynda Hamlyn, chief executive of NHSBT said; “Young people are the donors of the future.”Young people can give blood once they reach 17, if they are eligible, but age is not a barrier when it comes to organ donation. To find out if you can give blood or to book an appointment to donate please ring 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk. To add your name to the NHS Organ Donor Register please ring 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk