Kemptown MP encourages residents to give blood

Sarah Green October 16, 2015

Simon Kirby MP asks residents to support # BleedForEngland and register as blood donors.

Simon Kirby MP
Simon Kirby MP

Simon Kirby MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven is asking residents in his constituency to register as blood donors, as NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) reveals that only 1.5 per cent of people in Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven donate blood.

Nationally, less than 3% of people living in England aged 17 – 70 have donated blood in the last 12 months.

Since the launch of the #BleedForEngland campaign on August 15, NHSBT has had an amazing response to the rallying cry to sign up 100,000 new blood donors by October 31.

Over the last three weeks, millions have shown just how committed they are to supporting their national rugby team. NHSBT wants people to go on to support in a different way – by registering to #BleedForEngland and help patients in hospitals across the country.

Mr Kirby says: “I believe that together, people in Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven can help this campaign reach its goal of registering 100,000 new donors. Donating blood is an amazing and fulfilling thing to do as you help save and improve lives.”

Jon Latham, Assistant Director at NHSBT, says: “I want to encourage people to join the #BleedForEngland squad and register to be one of our 100,000 new donors who sign up before the end of the tournament. Please go to to find out if you can donate, register as a donor and book an appointment. We plan our sessions in line with the amount of blood we need to collect to meet patient need so it’s best to book an appointment at the next available date and time.”

If you are 17 or over, visit

Or telephone: 0300 123 23 23 today to find out if you are eligible to donate, register as a blood donor and to book your appointment.