The number of young people giving blood in the Advertiser and Review region is below the national average.
NHS Blood and Transplant has released figures at the start of National Blood Week which shows the number of people aged between 19 and 24 who have given blood over the past two years is less than the England and Wales average of 14 per cent.
In Aylesbury Vale, 646 young people, 12.5 per cent, have given blood in the past 24 months, while in south Northants, 353, 11.8 per cent have given blood.
In Cherwell district 519, 12.9 per cent have donated.
NHS Blood and Transplant has launched a campaign to encourage people to ‘get off the bench’ and start giving blood
Each year 200,000 new donors are required to attend a donation session to replace those who can no longer donate for health or other reasons.
Jon Latham, assistant director for donor services and marketing at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We’re issuing a ‘call up’ for more to come forward because we know blood donation falls off the to-do list during hot weather and summer holidays, and big public events like the World Cup.
“We want potential donors to know they can do something amazing for their country just as the England team will hopefully do in Brazil. Make a date to donate and please keep your appointment to help us maintain and ensure stock levels for the coming months and for the future.”
To find out about donation sessions, visit www.blood.co.uk.
There are a number of upcoming session in the Advertiser and Review region:
June 12, Bicester Methodist Church Hall, 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.45pm to 4.30pm
June 19, Buckingham Community Centre, 12.45pm to 3.15pm or 4.30pm to 7.15pm
June 20, Towcester Centre for Leisure, 12.30pm to 3pm or 4.15pm to 7pm
July 2, Brackley Baptist Church, 12.45pm to 3.30pm or 4.45pm to 7.15pm
July 7, Winslow Public Hall, 12.45pm to 3.15pm or 4.30pm to 7.15pm
July 18, Deanshanger Community Centre, noon to 2.45pm or 4.15pm to 7pm.