SOUTH Yorkshire MP and former shadow health secretary John Healey is to give blood this afternoon to help raise awareness of the need for donations.
The National Blood Service expects this year to be challenging for blood reserves, because of the extra bank holiday and the bumper sporting calendar including the Olympics.
Mr Healey, who will make his donation at a mobile unit at Parkgate shopping centre, said: “Giving blood is simple for the donor but life-changing for the patient who receives it. Around 7,000 donations are needed every day to make sure there’s enough.”
Last year nearly 6,000 donations of blood were given in Rotherham and nearly 5,000 in Barnsley, but only four per cent of the eligible population regularly donate.