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Despite 115,000 blood donors in the East, more are needed

More blood donors are needed across the East of England. Credit: ITV News

With the recent high profile tragedies there has been a renewed call for additional blood donors.

In 2016, more than 115,000 people in the East of England gave blood at least once but thousands more are needed to keep up with demand.

Whether it's treatment for cancer, blood disorders, after accidents, surgery or during childbirth, a healthy supply of blood is vital for saving the lives of those who depend on it.

  • Click below to watch a report on National Blood Week by Sarah Beecroft
  1. Serena Sandhu

Big recruitment drive more young blood donors

The NHS Blood and Transplant Service says almost half the donors in the East are aged 45 or over and they need to encourage more young people to roll up their sleeves and start giving.

With hospitals across the country using 7,000 units of blood every 24 hours the service needs to attract 1,000 new donors each day to keep stocks sustainable.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu:

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Anglia region needs new young blood

Blood donors at the Masonic Hall in Sudbury, Suffolk Credit: Serena Sandhu / ITV Anglia

The NHS Blood and Transplant service is looking for more blood donors in the Anglia region after revealing half the region's active donors are over 45 years old.

With hospitals across the country using 7,000 units of blood every 24 hours the service needs to attract 1,000 new donors each day to keep stocks sustainable.