Scotblood transfusion services need more young people in Ardrossan and Saltcoats to give blood

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) has called for more 17-24-year-olds to become blood donors.

The appeal comes less than a week before the service is due to appear at the Civic Centre, Glasgow Street for their latest popup surgery. 

A spokesperson from the SNBTS said: "The average age of blood donors has increased from 38 to 42 and so the donor base is aging, meaning there will be less donations in the years to come, unless more young people sign up to donate blood.

"This is peak season for respiratory and flu like symptoms which along with the recent bad weather means donations can drop. Every donation counts as each time you give blood you could save or improve the lives of three patients in Scotland. If you are feeling fit and well and you can make it, we'd love to see you there. It might be chilly outside but you can be sure of a warm welcome."

The popup surgery will be operating on Tuesday, February 18, 2-3pm and 5-7.30pm and on Wednesday, February 19, 4-7.30pm.

In 2019 SNBTS welcomed 622 people to give blood in Ardrossan over the course of their visits to the town in February, July and November. They also held a session at St Matthews Academy, for their S6, where they signed up 39 brand new donors as part of their education programme.