CALLS are being made for people to give blood this Christmas amid fears donations could drop.
NHS Blood and Transplant has said it faces extra pressure as Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall ahead of a weekend, raising concerns fewer donors than usual will donate.
Last year, one in five blood donor appointments were missed during the Christmas period, putting NHS Blood and Transplant’s critical operation under pressure.
Emma Gale, of NHS Blood and Transplant, said: ‘Blood stock levels can drop dramatically over the busy festive period as Christmas shopping, celebrations and extended public holidays mean giving blood slips off the nation’s to-do lists.
‘At this time of year many people want to give something more than material gifts. A blood donation truly is the gift only you can give and with one single donation you can save or improve up to three lives.’
There are sessions at the community centre in Station Road, Hayling Island, on December 15, St James’ Hospital in Locksway Road, Milton, on December 18 and Waterlooville Community Centre on December 23.
Visit blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 2323 to book.