Call for donors in packed sporting year

DERBYHIRE’S blood donor service is warning next year’s bumper sporting calendar and extra bank holidays could affect blood donation levels in the county in 2012.

NHS Blood and Transplant statistics show that 93 per cent of donors give blood during the working week and that when there are big sporting events or a string of bank holidays national donation levels drop:

The bumper bank holidays around Easter and the Royal Wedding Week in 2011 resulted in 3500 fewer donations.

Last year during the World Cup Quarter Final and Andy Murray’s Wimbledon Semi Final. there were 851 fewer donations than 2010, a 12 per cent drop.

Holly Mason, NHSBT Local Donor Relation Manager for Derbyshire, said:

“2012 is going to be an exciting year for the UK but we’re concerned that the cluster of major events could dramatically impact the number of blood donations coming in.

“Approximately 2 million units of blood will be needed by hospitals throughout 2012, and the equivalent of 500 extra donations will be needed each week in the first six months to help us build blood stocks and cover extra potential need from Olympic visitors.

“We’re calling on the public to make regular blood donation a New Year’s resolution. Whether you’ve never donated before or haven’t done for a while please book your appointment and help save lives in 2012.”

For more information about blood donation or to make an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk, call 0300 123 2323 or follow NHSBT at http://www.facebook.com/NHSBlood or www.twitter.com/@givebloodnhs.