Blood service plea on donation holidays

BORDERERS have been urged not to forget to donate blood during the summer holidays.

The transfusion service is worried that the Olympics will also impact on life-saving supplies.

Frances Steel, who heads the drive to boost the number of donors, commented: “With people heading away for a well-earned holiday break, or simply enjoying all the sports available to watch on TV, our summer sessions will have less attendances.

“Our message is, please give before you go and keep our blood banks healthy for summer.”

The first of the August donor sessions in the Borders is on Sunday in the Town Hall at Jedburgh from 10.15am to 12.30pm and from 2 to 4pm.

Other sessions are Hawick High 
School on August 12 and 13; Volunteer Hall, Galashiels on August 19 and 20; 
and the Burgh Hall, Peebles, on 
August 26, with morning and 
afternoon sessions. New donors are welcome.