People across Cheshire are being urged to make a new year’s resolution that can help save lives in 2016.

The NHS Blood and Transplant agency is urging people to give blood for the first time in the new year.

They say that, by giving up just one hour of your time, you could save or improve up to three lives. You will also “get a warm welcome, a refreshing drink, and the famous biscuits”.

Less than 3% of people aged 17-70 gave blood in the last year.

NHS Blood and Transplant always needs first-time donors to replace those who can’t donate any more, and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to meet patient needs.

Senior marketing coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant, Amanda Eccles, said: “The new year is a time when a lot of people focus on giving things up. We’re asking people in Cheshire to focus on giving, and to register to give blood. It’s easy to sign up and book your first appointment using our website and mobile apps. Please don’t just give up something this January. Give life, too.”

NHS Blood and Transplant needs donors from all blood groups and communities but is particularly looking for new donors from black and Asian communities, and donors with the universal blood group O negative, as well as from groups A negative, B negative and AB negative. You don’t need to know your blood group before donating.

To book an appointment to donate, visit or call 0300 123 2323 to find your nearest session.