Holidays mean blood is in short supply

PUBLISHED: 11:11 10 May 2007 | UPDATED: 12:28 04 May 2010

BLOOD donors are urged to come forward to make sure blood stocks don t fall due to the May bank holiday weekends. Traditionally at this time of the year people are out enjoying an early taste of summer and local blood banks see a reduction in supplies. Bu

BLOOD donors are urged to come forward to make sure blood stocks don't fall due to the May bank holiday weekends.

Traditionally at this time of the year people are out enjoying an early taste of summer and local blood banks see a reduction in supplies.

But the demand for blood never stops and each donation has the potential to save three lives.

Although red blood cells can be stored for up to 35 days, platelets, used to treat patients undergoing cancer treatments have a shelf life of only five days.

Anyone wishing to help will find blood donor sessions taking place in East Cambridgeshire.

Today (Thursday) sessions will be held at the Royal British Legion Club at the Brookland Centre in The Brook, Sutton from 1pm to 3.30pm and from 4.30pm till 7pm.

There will also be sessions on Tuesday, May 15 at The Maltings Elysian Hall in Ship Lane between 10am and 12.30pm and 2pm and 4.30pm.

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