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Preston people reminded blood doesn’t grow on trees

News - Wednesday, 5th March, 2014

Yarnbom knitted blood drops in trees

‘Blood doesn’t grow on trees’ is the message behind the exercise.

Preston’s College was ‘Yarnbombed’ on Monday to highlight the urgent need for more young blood donors. Yarnbombing – also known as guerrilla knitting – is a type of street art which involves decorating prominent buildings and places with eye-catching knitted objects, often to raise awareness of an issue or promote a worthy cause.

Inspired by the trend, staff from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) hung woolly red blood drops from trees around the college to remind local young people that blood doesn’t grow on trees.  Someone somewhere must donate it before it can be used to save the lives of people undergoing treatment for cancers, blood disorders, surgical procedures and emergency treatment.

The number of people aged between 17 and 24 signing up to give blood has fallen significantly in recent years* and this is a problem because donors in their late teens and early 20s are needed to replace older people who stop giving blood.

More than 200 blood drops were used to create the effect. Barbara Blanche, NHSBT’s lead donor relations manager for the North West, said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to the campaign so far and enjoyed an incredible amount of support from knitters who created the blood drops for us.

“There are currently 466 active blood donors aged between 17 and 24 here in Preston but we hope more local young people will be inspired by our campaign and become the donors of the future.”

The next blood donation session at Preston’s College is on 11th March 2014 Call 0300 123 23 23 to register.

To sign up to Give Blood, please visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23


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