Help keep the blood flowing

With the summer holidays in full swing, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is reminding donors in the Ribble Valley of the continued need for blood in local hospitals.

It is also urging donors to keep their appointments to donate.

NHSBT has noticed an increase in donors not turning up for their appointments and are asking those who have booked a slot to keep it, or to advise if they can’t attend, so the appointment can be freed up for someone else.

Over the summer blood stocks can dip due to people not turning up for appointments or going away on holiday. At this time of year we are particularly appealing to donors in the Ribble Valley area who are blood groups O and A to keep their appointments. Donors who haven’t already booked, but are able to, can do so now.

The following blood donation session is being held between 2 and 4 p.m. and 5 and 7-30 p.m. at West Bradford Village Hall, Grindleton Road, on Wednesday, August 31st.

Barbara Blanche, lead donor relations manager for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We realise that people have busy schedules over the summer when the schools break up and families go away on holiday.

“It can be easy to forget about appointments to donate blood, but we are asking you to attend if at all possible and if you can’t come then please let us know.

“We need to collect around 100 units of blood in Lancashire every day to help patients in hospital, so if you can’t keep your appointment then we need to make sure we can offer it up to someone else.”

Anyone aged over 17, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12 lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.

There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. For details of sessions in your area or to book an appointment call 0300 123 2323 or visit