WITH thousands of cancer patients receiving blood transfusions every year, NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people to donate to mark this year’s World Cancer Day, today (February 4).
Many people who develop cancer need red blood cell or platelet transfusions during their treatment.
John Canning, NHS Blood and Transplant’s lead donor relations manager for the Midhurst and Petworth area, said: “With platelets only having a shelf life of seven days and red cells having a shelf life of 35 days, patients depend on the generosity of blood and platelet donors to provide the vital transfusions they need. World Cancer Day is a good time to remember that blood is not only given in accident and emergency situations but also for patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases.
“With around 7,000 units of blood needed everyday, I would encourage both new and returning donors to make a date to roll up their sleeve and donate.”
There will be a blood donor session on February 7, from 1.45pm-4.30pm and 5.30-8pm at the Midhurst Methodist Church Centre.
For details visit www.blood.co.uk.