NHS urging blood donors to save mums and babies on Mothers’ Day

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BLOOD donors are being urged to think about new mums, with Mothers’ Day taking place on March 18.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is appealing for people to give blood this month, with each donation potentially saving the lives of three adults or seven babies.

One of the biggest uses for blood is to help mothers and babies who suffer complications during childbirth.

It can also be used to help premature babies, to replace blood lost during surgery and to treat patients with cancer and blood diseases like leukaemia.

Holly Mason, spokesperson for NHSBT, said: “Everyone will be thinking about their mum this month.

“We are asking them to take it one step further and think about all the new mums, and babies, who need blood.

“With Spring here we want existing donors and those who haven’t given before, to spring into action and give blood.

“It really can save and transform the lives of mums and babies and many other patients.”

Anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50 kg (seven stone 12lbs) and in general good health.

If you’ve donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. To find out more about blood sessions in March or to book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.