VOLUNTEERS are being invited to give blood this Thursday in two sessions being organised at the Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich, and join what the NHS Blood and Tranplant Service is calling the ‘greatest team in the world’.

Jon Latham, Assistant Director of Donor Services and Marketing for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We recognise that people lead busy lives and we want to make donating as easy as possible. Our recent developments enable donors to self-service 24/7 in whatever way they wish to contact us, wherever they are. They are able to make and change appointments as well as keep up to date with their blood account. These improvements are all part of our ambition to be the best blood service in the world.

“We always need new donors to replace those who can no longer donate for health or other reasons, and particularly look to younger donors to join the team to protect blood supplies now and in the years to come.

“While all blood groups are important, some blood groups, such as O Rh negative - the universal blood group - and B Rh negative are more vulnerable than others. It's even more important that the number of regular donors with these blood groups increases. Many people don't know what blood group they are until they make their first donation. So why not register to donate and see what part you’ll play in the Greatest Team in the World?”

The sessions are running from 1-3.30pm and from 4.30-7pm, and people are advised to book their session in advance.

For more information, or to book a session, call 0300 1232323 or visit blood.co.uk.