In the lead up to Mothers Day, the National Blood Service (part of NHSBT) is asking people to give blood to help save more lives.

Donated blood can be used in a number of ways including accident and emergency situations and for patients that are undergoing surgery. Donated blood is also used for patients receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, such as leukaemia.

Fay Simcox, spokeseprson for NHSBT said “Many people celebrate Mother’s Day as a reminder of all the wonderful things Mother’s do for their children, one of which is bringing a new life into the world.”

“You never know when or who will need blood so why not help to save a life, perhaps even a Mother’s life, by giving blood.”

Each donation given can help to save or treat up to three people. Currently 7,000 units of blood are needed everyday to help save the lives of sick and injured patients across England and North Wales yet only four percent of the eligible population give blood

Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk