POTENTIAL blood donors are being told they can expect a royal welcome at sessions being held by the National Blood Service in Sudbury and Long Melford this week.
Donations traditionally dip around bank holidays, so the service is urging residents to attend.
This latest push is part of an ongoing campaign to boost blood stocks before the Olympics, when a high number of visitors will be heading to the UK.
Blood is used when women suffer complications during childbirth, to help premature babies, to replace blood lost during surgery and to treat patients with cancer and blood diseases like leukaemia.
One donation can potentially save the lives of three adults or seven babies.
Sessions are being held in Sudbury’s Masonic Hall on Thursday, June 7, between 1pm and 7pm, and in a mobile unit in the car park of Long Melford Village Hall, Chemists Lane, the following day.
The service will be visiting Hadleigh and Great Cornard later in the month, on Wednesday, June 27.
Anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged between 17-65 and be in general good health.
If you have donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.
To find out more about blood sessions in June or to book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk