Plea for blood donors to head off drop in supplies

RESIDENTS are being encouraged give blood at sessions around North Kirklees next month to head off a drop in supply if bad weather strikes. Donations fell by 20 per cent in the big freeze last winter, with NHS staff hoping people take advantage of the current mild spell to help avoid a repeat. First up are two sessions at Cleckheaton Town Hall on Monday December 5. They run from 2.304.0pm and 5.07.30pm. Sessions at Dewsbury Town Hall next day run from 2.04.0pm and 5.07.30pm. An session is also being held at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Old Bank Road, Mirfield, on Thursday December 22 (2.04.0pm and 5.0 7.30pm). Anyone aged 17 to 65 and in good general health is welcome to attend any of the sessions. Darren Bowen, of the NHS Blood and Transfusion Service, said: “The arctic conditions last winter presented severe challenges for the blood supply, yet blood donors made heroic efforts to reach donation sessions. “We’re now calling on people to show warm hearts this year by helping to save lives.” For more information, or to book an appointment, call 0300 123 2323 or visit the www.blood.co.uk website.

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