We’re being urged to sign up to be blood donor and give blood this December in Eastbourne.
NHS Blood and Transplant is also encouraging existing donors to keep appointments in the run up to Christmas, owing to the expected rise in demand for blood during the festive season.
The top ten reasons to give blood up to and over Christmas are:
Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said, “We need our amazing donors more than ever at this time of year.
“If you make and keep an appointment this December you will be saving and improving lives over the festive season – can you think of a better gift to give?
“Please make a date to donate now. If you cannot make your appointment to give blood, please let us know as soon as possible.”
Red blood cells only have a shelf life of 35 days, and platelets, tiny cells in the blood which enable clotting, only have a shelf life of seven days. Every week the entire red cell stock needs replacing and the national supply of platelets needs replenishing every few days. NHS Blood and Transplant needs people to continue donating over the holiday period to renew stocks and meet demand from hospitals treating seriously ill patients.
Donating sessions are coming up on Thursday 15 December at the Winter Garden, Tuesday 20 December at Kings Church and Thursday 29 December Our Lady of Ransom Church Hall.
To book an appointment go online, use an NHS Give Blood app or contact us on 0300 123 23 23.