I WRITE in response to the article in the Globe (online version) Sunday, February 10, regarding blood donors.

One hundred and 13 years ago, Dr Karl Landsteiner discovered the ABO blood group system for which he received a Nobel prize.

Today the NHS Blood and Transplant Service collects stock from donors for the treatment of a whole range of areas from anaemia to orthopaedics to providing life-saving transfusions.

I would like to pay tribute to all of Wirral’s donors and in particular the recent crystal award winners Bernard Gajewski, Veronica Barrie and Ian Broadbent on achieving over 100 donations and also to the fellow winners who achieved 75 donations.

Four per cent of the population give blood and stock fluctuates throughout the year, traditionally with a fall at the start of a New Year.

Most people in generally in good health, age 17 to 65 can give blood and you can find out more, including information on other ways to save lives such as organ donation at www.blood.co.uk or on 0300 123 23 23.

Once again, many congratulations to all of these Wirral donors and to everyone who helps provide this life saving service.

Wirral West MP Esther McVey.