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NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people in Lincolnshire to commit to saving lives by registering as new blood donors during the ‘Missing Type’ campaign.

NHS Blood and Transplant is uniting with 25 blood donor organisations across 21 countries to highlight an almost 30 per cent international drop in people becoming blood donors last year compared to a decade ago.

The number of people becoming donors and giving blood for the first time in England decreased by 24.4 per cent in 2015 compared to 2005.

Last year, 21,975 people in Lincolnshire gave blood at least once.

New blood donors are crucial for ensuring the organisation has the right mix of blood groups to meet patient need in the years to come. There is a particular need for more young blood donors and more black and Asian donors, as well as more people with blood groups O negative and A negative.

Mike Stredder, director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, the service that collects, tests and processes blood for hospitals across England, said: “Blood donation is an amazing gift and transfusions save lives in Lincolnshire every day.

“Whether it is patients receiving treatment for cancer, blood disorders, after accidents or during surgery, or new mums who lost blood in childbirth, blood is an absolutely essential part of modern healthcare.”

Donating blood should take no more than an hour from appointment time and each donation can save or improve up to three lives.

To sign up as a new donor, or for more information, visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.