People in Rotherham are being urged to join ‘Team Give Blood’ and roll their sleeves up for National Blood Week 2012.
Starting on Monday (June 11) and running through to Sunday (June 17), it is hoped that National Blood Week will help raise blood stocks ahead of the Olympics.
Nationally, blood stocks need to increase by 30% above normal levels in time for the games, so Rotherham residents are being urged to do their bit by joining ‘Team GB’ and making a date to donate.
National Blood Week also provides an ideal opportunity to highlight the fact that, as every single donation of blood can help save three lives, every blood donor is a hero.
Staff from NHS Blood and Transplant are using the week to thank dedicated local donors including Janice Roberts from Wickersley who has given 75 donations and attends the session at Wickersley School and Sports College.
Janice who first started giving blood in 1962 said she first started giving blood because her father used to which inspired her to give too once she turned eighteen. Janice says she “likes seeing the young people at blood donor sessions doing their bit to help people and would like more to come along this national blood week”
Staff at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) also showed their support by meeting and greeting Billy Blood drop at Rotherham Hospital last week and finished by posing for a photo.
Gary Steel, Transfusion and Blood Sciences Manager at TRFT said “ Here at Rotherham Hospital we use approximately 6000 units of blood per year, so from the staff and the patients we want to say Thank you to everyone who is a blood donor and encourage more Rotherham donors to come along”.
NHSBT spokesperson Holly Mason said: “This year’s National Blood Week sees us facing a major challenge as we need to build blood stocks by an additional 30% ahead of the Olympics.
“However, London 2012 also presents a great opportunity as it gives people the chance to get behind our ‘Team Give Blood’ theme and become heroes, just like the athletes at the games, simply by attending a blood donor session here in Rotherham.”
The next Blood donor sessions taking place in Rotherham is at Rotherham, Leisure Complex on Friday 13th July 2012 from 12 - 2.30pm and 4 - 6.30pm.
Anyone wishing to find out more or to book an appointment, can either call NHS Blood and Transplant’s donor line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.