Air cadets give blood

PUBLISHED: 13:13 21 September 2009 | UPDATED: 16:07 11 May 2010

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AIR cadets from Crow Country have been busy giving blood this month, and are urging others to follow suit. Cadets and members of staff from the 2484 squadron, based at Bassingbourn, have spent two parade evenings at the Blood Donation Centre at Addenbrook

AIR cadets from Crow Country have been busy giving blood this month, and are urging others to follow suit.

Cadets and members of staff from the 2484 squadron, based at Bassingbourn, have spent two parade evenings at the Blood Donation Centre at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

They have donated a pint of blood each to boost the centre's stock levels.

A spokesman for the squadron said: "Ten Cadets and three staff members rolled up their sleeves and donated successfully, with many of them being first time donors.

"Everyone was well looked after by the donor carers throughout, and shared a joke or two for moral support. A well earned drink and chocolate biscuits were enjoyed afterwards and all have said they will continue to donate in the future," she said.

An average of 1,000 pints of blood are used in Cambridgeshire hospitals each week.

Chris Whellams, a spokesperson for the National Blood Service, said they were delighted that the Cadets gave up their evening to assist with increasing blood stock levels:

"It was great to see the Cadets making their first donation at the Cambridge Donor Centre and we hope they will continue to save lives by donating blood," he said.

2484 (Bassingbourn) Squadron is open to young men and women aged 13 - 17. They meet twice a week at Bassingbourn barracks. For more information phone 01763 249156.

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