TeamBath netballers help to save lives

5th November 2010

TeamBath’s netballers will help save a life when they roll up their sleeves and give blood at a donation session held at the University of Bath on Monday (8th November).

Although TeamBath will shortly commence their attempt to win a historic fifth Netball Superleague title – they have already won four of the five Superleagues contested to date - they are taking time out of their training to attend and show their support for NHS Blood and Transplant's (NHSBT) vital work. Around six players are due to give blood and with each donation helping to save up to three lives, TeamBath could potentially help to save and improve up to 18 patients.

Players donating blood on Monday will represent a wide spectrum across the TeamBath netball programme, including members of the University of Bath British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) team , as well as National Talent League, Premier League and Superleague teams.

Jess Garland, TeamBath’s head coach, said: “We know giving blood is important, so when we found out there was a session at the University, the players were keen to take part.
“The session will place in the sports hall at the Sports Training Village where we play our home games,” she added. “The Superleague team will be back there in February aiming to retain our title.”
Alan Hardy, Lead Donor Relations Manager for NHSBT said “We need 7000 donations of blood every day to help sick and injured patients across England and North Wales. We would encourage anyone thinking of donating to contact us and book an appointment at a session near you.

“We would like to thank TeamBath for their support and wish them all the best in their future games.”

Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs)  and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming  a blood donor.  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.