AFTER more than 5,400 people in the West Midlands registered to give blood for the first time in 2017, it is hoped even more will sign up this year.

NHS Blood and Transplant is encouraging people to make a new year’s resolution that can change someone else’s life and not just their own.

Across England 900,000 people gave blood in 2017 but about 200,000 new donors are needed every year to maintain the supply for life-saving blood donations.

Donors from all blood groups and communities are required, but there is a particular need for more people from black and Asian communities to donate to help provide the right mix of blood.

Mike Stredder, director of blood donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It’s new year and like many of us, you may be thinking about the year ahead and some changes you’d like to make to your life. Perhaps you want to cut down on drinking, eat more healthily or are considering joining a gym?

“This year we are asking people in the West Midlands to focus on giving and to register to give blood. It’s easy to sign up and book your first appointment online or via our mobile phone app.

“By donating blood you will save or improve the lives of up to three people. Do something amazing in 2018. Give blood.”

People can give blood as long as they are fit and healthy, weigh over seven stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if given blood before). Those aged over 70 need to have given blood in the last two years.

For more information, or to book an appointment, call the donor line on 0300 123 2323 or visit