England’s top football goalies urge men to give blood and save lives

England’s top goalies are urging men to give blood and save lives.

The NHS needs 25,000 male donors because their blood is ­particularly useful to make ­plasma and platelets which can stop bleeding after surgery.

Men are able to donate more often because they tend to have lots of iron. But currently two in three new donors are women.

Footballing legends Peter Shilton, who won 125 caps for England, and David Seaman, 75 caps, have stepped forward to ­encourage blokes to give a pint.

Peter, whose wife worked for the NHS for more than 20years, said: “It doesn’t need the hand of god to save lives – ­everyone can do it.

Men are able to donate more often because they tend to have lots of iron

“A blood donation can save or improve up to three lives and it shouldn’t take more than an hour of your time.”

The most needed blood types are O negative and B negative, with supplies dropping at certain times of year, including bank holidays, summer and Christmas. And there is a shortage of donors with the rare subtype Ro, which is used to treat the UK’s 15,000 sufferers of sickle cell disease.

This blood type is more ­common among black people.

David, 54, said: “We want ­everyone to know that they can save the people around them.

“It can’t be overemphasised how important each donation is.

“So please ­support your ­country in a way that can make you the heroes off the pitch.”

Currently two in three new donors are women

More than one in four Brits will need blood at some point but only four per cent of us regularly donate. Blokes are allowed to do it every three months, for women it is four months.

As long as a donor is fit, healthy and aged between 17 an 66, they can usually give blood.

Peter, 68, said: “I wish I had donated when I was allowed to but I hope this encourages those who still can.”

Potential donors can register online to book an appointment at a donor centre.

Mike Stredder, director of blood donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “To meet our patients’ needs at all times, we need 700 new donors every day to follow in the footsteps of these goalkeeping legends and help save their country.

“The need for blood is ­constant so we encourage anyone who can’t get an appointment now to book for a future date.

“If you live or work near to one of our fixed site donor ­centres, please book an ­appointment to give there.”

Visit or call 0300 123 2323 to see if you can help.


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