Donor unit makes six borough visits as alert issued over blood stocks

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This month is the start of a season jam-packed with sporting events, but no matter what your game is please remember to help save lives by giving blood.

The long summer days are here, and with lots of activities to get involved with it can be easy to forget your planned blood donor appointment. Whether it’s day trips out, watching cricket, football and Wimbledon or going away on holiday, NHS Blood and Transplant is reminding people the importance of keeping your date to donate in Wigan.

Blood is vital for patients in accident and emergency situations, patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, and women haemorrhaging in childbirth. Every donor can save or improve up to three lives each time they donate blood.

Amanda Eccles, senior marketing co-ordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It is easy to get caught up with summer activities such as days out with the family and the busy sporting calendar. But we are reminding people to book their appointment in Wigan borough and then save the date. If you do need to change you appointment, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer that time slot to someone else. Every donation counts, and without your generous donation it wouldn’t be possible to help to save the lives of those who need it.”

The mobile donor unit will be in Wigan borough several times during June.

It first makes an appearance at St Peter’s Pavilion in Hindley on June 3 from 1.10pm to 3.30pm. It will be at the DW Stadium twice during the month - on June 6 and 20 - and both times it will be open from 1.20pm and 3.35pm then from 4.55pm to 7.10pm.

Kilhey Court in Standish is its next local port of call on June 13 when it opens from 1.05pm to 3.20pm and from 4.40pm to 7.30pm. And its final appearance is at Atherton St Richard’s parish centre in Mayfield Street on June 23 from 12.50pm to 3.15pm and from 4.35pm to 7.15pm.