Calls for Midhurst residents to help fight cancer

NHS Blood and Transplant

NHS Blood and Transplant

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NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on Midhurst residents to help those in need on World Cancer Day.

World Cancer Day takes place on February 4 this year and people from around the world are being encouraged to get involved in the fight against cancer.

There will be a blood donation session at the Midhurst Methodist Church in North Street on Thursday, February 5 from 1.45pm until 4.30pm and 5.30pm-8pm.

Blood and platelets are crucial in the treatment of cancer patients. Due to the cancer or treatment including chemotherapy or radiotherapy, cancer patients can develop anaemia or have a reduced number of platelets in their blood. A blood or platelet transfusion can give a patient more energy and improve their quality of life.

NHS Blood and Transplant particularly needs to ensure supplies of the universal blood group O Rh Negative which is often in short supply, as well as rarer blood groups A Rh Negative, B Rh Negative and AB Rh Negative.

To book an appointment to donate visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 1232323.

There will be more sessions around Midhurst and Petworth throughout the year.