Everyone can be a lifesaver, say MPs backing Derby Telegraph's campaign
DERBYSHIRE MPs are backing the Derby Telegraph's Save a Life campaign and pledging to give blood.
Derby North MP Chris Williamson, Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham, MP for Erewash Jessica Lee and Heather Wheeler, the South Derbyshire MP, are all supporting the life-saving campaign.
Save a Life is encouraging people to sign up to be blood donors or to learn simple first-aid skills.
The Derby Telegraph has teamed up with charity St John Ambulance to offer discounts on first-aid training, so you can learn to save lives for £10.
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Miss Lee said that she gives blood and would encourage more people to do it. She said: "The campaign is a crucial one for getting the message to people that saving a life can be easy if you have the right skills.
"I give blood and it takes such a small amount of time out of your day and could potentially go to someone who needs it to live."
Miss Lee is also looking into learning some basic first aid skills, too.
She said: "As the daughter of a nurse, I have always had a little bit of knowledge about what to do but I need to learn the skills so, if I ever needed to, I could save a life.
"It's such a small thing to ask of people, but the benefits could be massive for those around you.
"The campaign is a brilliant one to be running in the paper and hopefully it will encourage hundreds of people to come forward to learn to save lives."
Mrs Wheeler is also behind our campaign, having given blood and learnt first aid, along with two of her staff members.
She said: "I completely support this campaign and I am first-aid trained myself.
"I encourage my staff and family to give blood, as I did. But, unfortunately, due to an adverse reaction the last two times I have been now been advised to stop, which I am very disappointed about."
Mr Williamson said he and his staff would arrange to attend a blood donor session in the near future.
He said: "I certainly support the campaign and will be making sure that my staff and I sign up to become blood donors. It's something everyone should do if they can."
And Mrs Latham was in full support of the work we are doing to create more lifesavers in the county.
She said: "I am delighted to support and champion the Derby Telegraph's Save a Life campaign.
"I think it is really important that we all have a basic understanding of first aid and I urge all those who can give blood to do so.
"By doing either one of these things, you can help to save someone's life."