Blood on Se­cret Santa list

South Western Times - - News -

Bun­bury Blood Donor Cen­tre is in need of more than 100 ex­tra donors over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

Blood Ser­vice spokes­woman Jes­sica Wil­let said do­nat­ing blood over Christ­mas would be the most im­por­tant Se­cret Santa gift a donor could give.

“If Se­cret Santa is about giv­ing anony­mous gifts, then blood do­na­tion re­ally is Aus­tralia’s ul­ti­mate Se­cret Santa ex­change,” she said.

“Blood will be needed by road ac­ci­dent pa­tients, preg­nant mums, can­cer pa­tients and even pre­ma­ture ba­bies ev­ery day this Christ­mas and New Year’s.

“At Bun­bury our ap­point­ments are less than half full be­tween Christ­mas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so we need more donors to book in and donate, es­pe­cially New Year’s Eve when just seven peo­ple have made ap­point­ments.”

Bun­bury’s cen­tre is closed on pub­lic hol­i­days but will oth­er­wise op­er­ate as nor­mal over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

The busy pe­riod means it is hard for reg­u­lar donors to find time to give blood while oth­ers will be away en­joy­ing hol­i­days.

Al­most half of Bun­bury’s ap­point­ments re­main open be­tween Christ­mas and New Year’s Day.

Ms Wil­let said stocks of platelets, a blood com­po­nent vi­tal to the treat­ment of can­cer pa­tients, were par­tic­u­larly at risk dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod.

“It takes four blood dona­tions to make just one bag of platelets for pa­tients and they only last for five days,” she said.

To make an ap­point­ment to give blood call 131 495 or visit do­nate­

Pat­ter­son, page 12

Photo avail­able at west­ Pic­ture: Stu­art McGuckin

Bruce Master do­nates blood as Bun­bury Blood Donor Cen­tre's Jane Grey watches on.

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