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NHS Blood and Transplant staff appeal for more young blood donors

NHS Blood and Transplant service says it needs more young people to give blood Credit: ITV News (Library Picture)

A drive is taking place today on Teesside to encourage more young people to donate blood. The NHS Blood and Transplant service will be at Teesside University from noon to try and recruit more students to sign up.

Giving blood saves thousands of lives Credit: ITV News

It follows a drop in 17-24 year olds registering to give blood in recent years. The visit is part of a national campaign 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.

Appeal for blood donors from the Muslim communtity

Community leaders in the west end of Newcastle are urging more of the region's Muslims to give blood.

The city's Islamic Diversity Centre organised for dozens of its members to donate blood this afternoon.

The Islamic Diversity Centre say that it is their religious duty to help save lives.

There is also a shortage of donations of blood group B, which is more common in people from Asian communities.

Abu Tayeb spoke to ITV News about the importance of giving blood.