More men across the Hfm Region are being urged to donate blood this year – as figures show twice as many women became donors in in 2018.
218 women, compared with 98 men became donors in Leicestershire last year – there were 100 male donors in Northamptonshire, compared to 262 females.
NHS Blood and Transplant says male blood can be more suitable for treating some patients as it contains fewer antibodies – which female blood develops during pregnancy.
Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It’s vital that more men start donating blood because their blood is used to provide life-saving products like plasma and platelets – to save victims of burns, car crashes and treat to patients with cancer.
“We’re incredibly grateful to all our female donors in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, who are vital in providing lifesaving blood to those in need. But we need men to catch up with recent recruitment because their blood can have different characteristics which can make it important in certain situations.”
More than 200,000 new donors are needed to give blood every year across England to replace those who can no longer donate regularly due to things like ill health, foreign travel or pregnancy.
It is quick and easy to make, view and change appointments by calling 0300 123 23 23, using the GiveBlood app, or going online at www.blood.co.uk