World Cup brawls could increase demand for blood donors

Blood donation
Blood donation

Potential donors in Herts are being urged to help boost blood stocks ahead of this summer’s football World Cup.

As the weather improves, people will be getting more active outdoors while football fans getting rowdy during the international sporting event are expected to put extra pressure on the NHS Blood and Transplant service.

A number of donation sessions are available in Dacorum throughout this month.

Herts’ lead donor relations manager Dominic Sutherland said: “We’re asking people to spring into action this spring.

“This time of year is an important time to give, as stocks are often more vulnerable around public holidays, when people are busy getting out and about or going away for breaks.

“Giving blood now and in the next few weeks will also help boost blood stocks before people turn their attention towards England in the World Cup.

“Please don’t forget about those hospital patients who rely on blood donors to save their lives or keep them well.”

It is estimated 7,000 people daily are needed to give blood in order to collect the amount needed by hospitals across England and north Wales.

According to the NHS, people from all blood groups are needed, but O-negative and B-negative donations are particularly important as the former is a ‘universal’ blood type while the latter is in demand by certain ethnic groups suffering diseases such as sickle cell anemia.

Donate at St Barnabus Church in Adeyfield on May 20, Abbots Langley’s Manor House sports and social centre on May 21, Kings Langley railway station on May 22 or Sainsbury’s Apsley Mills on May 24.

Call 0300 123 23 23 or click here to find out more about the donation sessions and to book an appointment.