2nd May 2002

 

MEET BILLY BLOOD DROP

 

Students and staff at the University of Lincoln are being invited to save a life by giving blood next Tuesday (7th May).

 

Billy Blood Drop, the mascot of the National Blood Service (NBS), and his colleagues from the service will be at Brayford Pool sports hall between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm.

 

The event is the first of its kind to take place at the university and the blood service is hoping to recruit a large number of new donors.

 

First time donors should expect the following:

 

·        A chat with the NBS doctor

·        A haemoglobin test

·        A five-minute blood donation (1 pint)

·        A ten-minute rest with tea and biscuits

 

The National Blood Service is an integral part of the NHS which depends entirely on voluntary donations from the general public.  Their task is to deliver blood, blood components, blood products and tissues from their 15 centres to anywhere across the country.

 

“Giving blood is quick, easy and painless,” said an NBS spokesperson, “and you are potentially saving a life each time you donate.”

 

If you would like to find out more about the National Blood Service call 0114 2034800 or visit www.bloodnet.nbs.nhs.uk.

 

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For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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