Letter: Blood donation is still important

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Blood donors will be recognised all over the world as internationally acknowledged World Blood Donor Day is set to take place on Friday June 14.

Falling during National Blood Week (June 10 to 16) Donor Day recognises the birthday of Dr Karl Landsteiner who discovered the ABO blood group in 1901.

Blood donation and blood grouping are as important as ever. Hospitals across England and North Wales need around 7,000 units of blood every day, and it is vital that NHS Blood and Transplant collects the right amount of the different blood groups to provide the blood patients rely on to survive.

Individuals across Sussex and Surrey have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and donate at a number of donor sessions in June.

Donor sessions will be held at Majestic House in Blatchford Road, Horsham, on June 10, 20 and 28 and other venues in the Horsham district.

For further informationabout donor dates and venues and about giving blood visit the website at www.nhsbt.nhs.uk

AMY ROWLEY

Donor relations assistant, Sussex Area, NHS Blood and Transplant, Blatchford Road, Horsham