Southport men needed to donate blood

There are calls for Southport men to man up and donate much needed blood.

Males, in particular, are needed to boost supplies after latest figures revealed more women than men in the region are joining up to the vital and often life-saving service.

NHS Blood and Transplant is now urging Merseyside blokes to match women in making becoming a blood donor their New Year’s resolution.

Figures show that last year 302 women in Merseyside who registered in January became blood donors, compared to only 145 men, despite male donors being more likely to have blood that can be used for some products such as platelets and allogeneic serum drops to treat people with dry eye conditions.