Cold weather plea to Borders blood donors

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borderers are being urged to show the same determination they did last year to get to blood donor sessions despite freezing conditions that are expected to continue until at least the end of the month.

Dr Moira Carter, national donor services manager for the National Blood Service, said: “The arctic conditions last winter presented severe challenges for the blood supply. At that time blood donors made heroic efforts to reach donation sessions, despite the weather.

“We are now asking donors once again to embrace the 
spirit of giving and help us to build our supplies over the coming weeks to ensure we have enough blood in stock to support patients over the busy Christmas period, whatever the weather.

“Extra pressure is on the blood supply at this time of year, as during December donations can drop off by up to 20 per cent as regular donors are busy with festivities.

“Many patients continue to need cancer treatment, accident and emergency care and routine surgery during this time, all of which may require blood components.

“The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service urges the people of Scotland to give blood now and ensure we are prepared for any eventuality this coming winter.

“It is particularly important that O negative, A negative and B negative donors give blood as soon as they can, as these are the blood groups that face the most pressure.”

Sessions will be held at:

Jedburgh Town Hall, Abbey Place, December 12, 10.15am-12.30pm and 2-4pm; West 
Linton primary school, December 13, 5-8pm; the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, December 19, 10am-12.30pm and 2-4pm, and December 20, 2.15-4.15pm and 5.30-7.30pm; the Corn Exchange, Melrose, December 27, 2.30-4.15pm and 5.30-7.30pm.