NHS Blood and Transplant is calling for people living in Doncaster to step forward and donate blood in the run up to Christmas so patients whose lives depend on blood transfusions get what they need over the festive period.
November through to the New Year is typically a challenging time for blood stocks.
Hospitals in England and North Wales will need up to half a million units of blood to see them through the period.
However, Christmas shopping, the party season, and the general rush together with the extended public holidays mean taking the time to donate can slip off people’s to-do list, putting pressure on blood stocks.
As a unit of blood only has a shelf life of 35 days it’s crucial that enough donors come forward to donate over the next few weeks so patients get the gift they need to stay alive this Christmas.
Holly Mason, Lead Donor Relations Manager for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “People in Doncaster are probably busy getting ready for Christmas, but we’re asking them to find time to donate blood. For thousands of patients across the country, this year’s Must-Have Christmas gift is blood and we’re asking you to help.
“Donating doesn’t cost a penny and saves lives, meaning many more children and adults can spend precious time with their families over Christmas.
“This is always an extremely challenging time of year for us as we need to make sure that hospitals are supplied with the blood they need to treat patients over the Christmas holidays.
“We need donors from all blood groups, but we especially need O Rh negative and B Rh negative to come forward.
“Whether you’re a regular blood, or have never donated before, you can make a real difference. So please make an appointment now or go along to an local session to save lives.”
If you’re 17 and over and in general good health, visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 to find a session in England or North Wales near you to go and give blood.