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“Giving blood makes such a difference” - hundreds sign up to the Evening News’s New Blood campaign

PUBLISHED: 08:46 27 December 2012

Patricia Betts has signed up to become a blood donor. Her partner David Boast was diagnosed with Cancer of the oesophagus. He has had 13 blood transfusions as part of his treatment.

Patricia Betts has signed up to become a blood donor. Her partner David Boast was diagnosed with Cancer of the oesophagus. He has had 13 blood transfusions as part of his treatment.

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People across Norfolk and Suffolk are being urged to help save a life this December and sign up to become a blood donor.

New Blood

The Evening News is running a campaign throughout December to recruit 750 new blood donors.

Blood stocks fall during the winter months when people are busy preparing for Christmas and enjoying the bank holidays.

Just 4pc of the eligible population are active blood donors and to meet the never ending demand for blood, more than 7,000 donations a day are needed, every day of the year.

It is essential to book an appointment before you attend a session to save time and ensure you are eligible to donate.

Visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk to download the form to enrol or call 0300 123 23 23. If you decide to sign up to our campaign, let us know. Call Lucy Wright on 01603 772439 or email her at lucy.wright@archant.co.uk.

A total of 641 people have signed up to the Evening News’s New Blood campaign, which aims to recruit 750 new blood donors during December.

Patricia Betts, 62, who lives in Norton Subcourse, has backed the campaign by pledging to become a blood donor.

Mrs Betts has seen first hand how blood donations can improve the quality of people’s lives.

Over the past 18 months her partner, David Boast, 67, who has cancer, has received 11 units of blood,

“David has cancer of the oesophagus which has spread to his liver,” Mrs Betts said.

“The blood helps him a lot. When we take him in for a transfusion he is short of breath and has to be in a wheelchair but after he has had the blood, he can walk out of hospital.”

Mrs Betts, a retired hairdresser, said her son, Marc Hewitt, 36, an insurance broker, and his girlfriend, Penny Horne, a solicitor, have also signed up to become blood donors.

“My son has made an appointment and he is going to give blood in January. He hadn’t thought about it before but the blood donor van sometimes visits his workplace so it will be easy for him to donate.

“I’m not nervous about giving blood. I always thought that I was too old but then I saw the campaign in the paper and found out that I was eligible.”

The mother-of-two added: “Giving blood makes such a difference. It’s just for a few minutes of your time and it can help so many people.

“I can see the difference it makes to David.”

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