Hollyoaks stars and designer Wayne Hemingway are supporting NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) in their appeal to recruit vital new blood donors.
NHSBT wants to recruit 100,000 new donor registrants in the next 100 days to protect future blood stocks. Every year 225,000 new donors are needed to replace existing donors who drop out of the system. This year, the need is more urgent following a dramatic decline in the number of younger donors signing up.
Hollyoaks stars including Jorgie Porter have pledged their support for the appeal by modelling limited edition ‘Blood Sister’ and ‘Blood Brother’ t-shirts created by Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway. A limited number of these exclusive t-shirts will be up for grabs via the NHS Blood & Transplant Twitter page @GiveBloodNHS from Monday 12th November.
“I really wanted to support this appeal because giving blood is such an amazing thing to do.”
Jorgie Porter: Hollyoaks Actress (Middle)
40% of new donors are
50% drop in 17-18 year olds
registering compared to 2011
17-24 year olds account for around 40% of new donors each year. But the number of young donors registering has been falling steadily; by 20% over the last 10 years and this year has seen a particularly sharp decline, with a 50% drop in the number of 17-18 year olds registering compared to 2011.
Actress Jorgie Porter said: “I really wanted to support this appeal because giving blood is such an amazing thing to do. Blood isn’t just needed when people have accidents – it’s also used to help treat health conditions including cancer and long term illnesses and in maternity care. If someone you loved needed blood you’d want it to be there, so if you can donate then please do.”