NHS Blood and Transplant and we still need your help this Christmas and New year period.
We have an upcoming blood donation session at Egremont, Town Council Market Hall on 29th January, with lots of available appointments. We would be grateful if you could help us spread the word.
We are working closely with the rest of the NHS to keep supplying lifesaving blood to hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic and we need people to keep donating as normal. We have extra safety measures in place and every precaution is being taken to eliminate the risk of covid-19 transmission at our blood donation sessions. Having an appointment to give blood is classed as essential travel and will be exempt from any local or national travel restrictions.
Black, Asian and minority ethnic donors are also specifically needed right now, because:
Some patients who receive frequent blood transfusions need blood to be closely matched to their own
A number of blood conditions, like sickle cell disease which is treated through blood transfusions, most commonly affect black, Asian and minority ethnic people
The best match typically comes from blood donors from the same ethnic background
While people from all communities and backgrounds do give blood, fewer than 5% of our blood donors who gave blood in the last year were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. This is despite BAME communities representing around 14% of the population. We want to try and readdress this balance.
We would be very grateful if you were to communicate this message with anyone you feel may be interested in donating blood. I have also attached a poster and some social media graphics which could be displayed in your premises, posted on your channels or forwarded onto individuals to provide more information.
Whether you are a new or regular donor, please visit blood.co.uk, download the GiveBlood app or call us on 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment today.
Thank you for helping us to save lives.
We hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!