Peter Hartley and Antony Sweeney have thrown their support behind an NHS campaign to recruit 100,000 new blood donors.Every year 225,000 new donors are needed to replace those who drop out of the system and this year there has been a dramatic decline in the amount of younger donors signing-up.
Young people are vital to the blood service but there has been a 20% drop in 17-24 year olds giving blood over the last ten years and 2012 saw half as many 17 and 18 year-olds joining the cause.
That prompted action from the NHS and a drive began to search for a fresh 100,000 donors over 100 days to address the shortfall.
"We welcome all eligible new donors, but a failure to boost the number of young donors now will put a strain on the blood service for years to come," explained NHS Blood and Transplant spokesperson Jon Latham.
Hartley and Sweeney were at Victoria Park to meet 17-year-old Jack Woods, a Pools supporter from the Headland who has needed six operations and four blood transfusions to help save his life after being knocked over by a taxi last year.
"I think Jack's case shows how valuable it can be to give blood," Hartley told us.
"If there is anyone out there who can spare an hour out of your day to go and give blood then I'd urge them to do it because it can save lives."
Only 172 people signed-up in Hartlepool between January and the start of December last year, and only 26 of them fell in to the sought-after younger age group.
If you're interested in helping to boost those numbers then there are two sessions planned next month which the first taking place at Owton Manor Community Centre on Monday 11th February between 2.30pm and 3.45pm.
www.blood.co.ukTo sign-up as a donor call 0300 123 23 23 or for more information visit