Donate blood to give the gift of life this Christmas

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Albany Blood Bank's Hazel McCreedy, Donella Law-Davis and Tanya McCartin.
Camera IconAlbany Blood Bank's Hazel McCreedy, Donella Law-Davis and Tanya McCartin. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

The gift of life is priceless and can be given for free this Christmas.

The Australian Red Cross is urging locals to donate blood at Albany Donor Centre before Christmas.

It is estimated that more than 80 Albany blood and plasma donors are needed to save lives over the festive period.

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood registered nurse Tanya McCartin said the centre would open on Monday to fit in as many donations as possible before Christmas.

“Blood donated in Albany could help your next-door neighbour, or it could help someone on the other side of the country,” she said.

“Every donation you make will go where it is needed most and will have a far-reaching impact, not just on the lives you save, but also the lives of their loved ones.

“Patients’ need for blood doesn’t stop, not even for Christmas.

“We particularly need more people to donate blood on Monday, December 21, and Wednesday, December 30, when so far only a handful of people are booked to donate.” Ms McCartin said the centre often saw a drop in donations around Christmas.

“It takes four blood donations to make just one dose of platelets for patients and they only last for five days, so donors are constantly needed across the holidays to ensure cancer patients get this vital product,” she said.

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