People across Amber Valley are being urged to show some festive spirit by giving blood this December. As the Christmas holidays approach and many people are busy preparing for the festive break by shopping and celebrating with family and friends, it's easy to forget that appointment in the diary to donate blood.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is asking people to think of hospital patients who rely on vital blood transfusions during December - those receiving life-saving cancer treatments, surgery and emergency care which continues in hospitals every day of the year.
In addition to the challenges that Christmas can bring, if last year's wintry weather repeats itself, blood donations could fall by as much as 20% over the festive season.
Holly Mason, NHSBT's lead donor relations manager, said: "The arctic conditions across the East Midlands last winter presented severe challenges for the blood supply, yet blood donors made heroic efforts to reach donation sessions. We are now calling on our regular donors to show warm hearts by helping to save lives and making a date to donate this Christmas."
The Next Session is at Ripley Junior School on Saturday 24th of December at the following times 10:20 - 14:20
Not many appointments have been booked for these sessions. With this in mind, please could you help us promote the session by; cascading this email with session details to your school, printing it off as a poster and sticking it up on notice boards or plasma screen, displaying information on your website etc. Your help, however small will be very much appreciated by all. Session details are attached and below.
Most People aged between 17 and 65 can donate for the first time, If you can donate up to the age of 70 if you have donated successfully in the past. If you have any specific concerns about donating please visit our website, www.blood.co.uk or call our helpline on 0300 123 23 23
The National Blood Service relies heavily on the goodwill of the community to support blood donor sessions in many ways. Your help will be invaluable in supporting the National Blood Service to supply our hospitals with 8,000 units of blood every day, so please accept my sincere gratitude for any assistance that you can give.