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A drop in young people registering to give blood sparks awareness campaign

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NHS Blood and Transplant staff are at Loughborough College today to encourage more young people to become blood donors. They also want them to spread the word and tell their family and friends.

It comes as recent figures show there has been a drop in the number of 17-24 year-olds registering to give blood in recent years.

The campaign, which also includes a week of donor recruitment events across the region, follows the national drive to recruit 100,000 new blood donors in 100 days.

NHS Blood and Transplant needs more than 1,000 new registrations every day to replace those donors who can no longer donate.

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Blood donation shortage from young adults

NHS Blood and Transplant Services are appealing for young people to donate blood, after seeing a 50 per cent donation decline in the last 12 months.

Over 100 people attended a Give Blood event at Broughton Astley Village Hall in Leicestershire today.

Holly Mason, Lead Donor Manager in Leicestershire, says that blood donations from young adults have rapidly declined in the last decade.

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