NHS Blood and Transplant is in urgent need of blood donations this November to keep stocks up for Christmas.
Many patients in need of lifesaving transfusions during December will rely on people donating blood in November as blood needs to be processed before distribution.
Blood stocks can dip over the next few weeks as people miss appointments due to cold weather, winter bugs and colds. During festive periods, such as Halloween, donations are more urgently needed.
Dominic Sutherland, Head of Donor Marketing for the North, said: “If residents and students can make and keep an appointment to give blood during November you can help us save lives at Christmas.
“Each donation can save or improve up to three lives. We thank all our loyal donors and appreciate their commitment and lifesaving generosity and we look forward to seeing them in Sheffield this November.”
Donors, especially first-time donors, are required to accept a Donor Health Check before the blood donation.
For most donors, the whole procedure of blood donation is relaxing and very few of them feel faint after donation unless they have very urgent issues to deal with.
Gill Fletcher, who just finished her blood donation today, said it was her 44th time going through the process.
“I found it useful, and I feel normal after each donation. I feel like helping other people and I have tried to encourage my family and friends to do so.”
John Thompson, who is about to give blood for his 13th time, said: “Last time I made blood donation was 2 months ago. I just feel like it is the right thing to do it and it will benefit other people. I have done it for 9 years.”
There is continued high demand for O negative blood and A negative platelets. More black donors are particularly needed since they are more likely to have the blood type for treatment of the increasing number of patients suffering from sickle-cell disease.
According to Jenny Ramsay, Senior Communications Officer of NHS Blood and Transplant, there are a great percentage of donors that are university students, and new blood donors are needed annually to replace those who no longer donate to ensure the right mix of blood groups.
Sheffield Blood Donor Centre is on Church Street in Sheffield City Centre. Anyone who would like to make a blood donation can make an appointment at www.blood.co.uk or make a phone call at 0300 123 23 23 which is available 24 hours a day.