Mayor gives blood ahead of World Blood Donor Day

The Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Dean Fitzpatrick gives blood ahead of World Blood Donor Day on Sunday 14 June.

The mayor donated blood at Manchester Plymouth Grove Blood Donor Centre last week for the third time, joining other blood donors who are currently helping to keep blood and platelet levels steady during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Dean Fitzpatrick said: “It was great to be able to do my bit for the community and donate my blood to keep levels steady during this challenging time. Extra hygiene and social distancing measures are in place to keep donors and staff safe. Blood donation saves lives, so if you’re fit and well, please keep donating to help people who may need it.

Dr Gail Miflin, the Chief Medical Officer for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We can assure people that blood donation sessions are still going ahead. If you are fit and healthy, travel to donate blood is essential for the NHS and seriously ill patients.

“Please keep your appointment to donate if you can. If you do have to cancel your appointment for any reason, then it is important that you let us know so we can offer your slot as soon as possible to another donor.

NHS Blood and Transplant are also collecting convalescent plasma from people who have recovered from a confirmed case of coronavirus. This plasma is planned for use in a number of national COVID-19 clinical trials, and if successful, widespread use as a treatment in hospitals. You will need to meet some eligibility criteria and be able to travel to one of the plasma collection venues to donate.

NHS Blood and Transplant collect around 5,000 units of blood a day. Blood is used for treating trauma, cancer, blood diseases, bleeds in childbirth, and much more. Each donation can save up to three lives. Giving blood counts as essential travel, and while stocks are looking good at the moment, the NHS still needs your donations. Travelling to donate is allowed because it helps meet the medical needs of vulnerable people.

To register as a blood donor, please visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.