MORE than 1,700 people across South Yorkshire made a date to donate during a national awareness week promoting the importance of blood donors.
Nearly 500 of them gave blood for the first time during National Blood Week.
Holly Mason, NHS Blood and Transplant lead donor relations manager in South Yorkshire, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the public’s response to our National Blood Week campaign and would like to thank all the first-time and regular donors in Yorkshire and the Humber.
“However, to maintain national blood stocks, we need over 172,000 donations and 21,000 new donors every year in Yorkshire and the Humber alone, and there is a lack of regular young donors. We therefore urge the younger generation to make a date to donate and become lifesavers of the future.”