I’m delighted to let you know that the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (https://www.scotblood.co.uk/) will be running a blood donation session for Council staff and elected members at Marischal College on Monday 10th August.  The session will take place in Room 4-W-01, it will run all day and there will be four beds set up to take donations.

The impetus for this link with the Transfusion Service has come through colleagues who are aware that the son of a staff member at the Maritime Museum is currently undergoing treatment for leukaemia.  The child has so far received 37 units of blood over the course of his treatment and I think this brings into sharp focus for all of us just how great the ongoing demand for blood donations is.

As it happens, traditionally blood donations drop by approximately 20% over the summer period so every donation is even more gratefully received at this time. 

When the idea of this session was originally floated there was fantastic feedback with just short of 200 colleagues expressing an interest in donating.  I appreciate that the chosen date may not suit everyone, but I’m confident that there will be an excellent response.  Watch out on the Zone for information on how you’ll be able to book your place at the session.

We’re going to continue our link with the Blood Transfusion Service and hope to have two-day sessions with them every six months going forward so the Council’s support for their vital work can be maximised.  I urge everyone who can to get involved in donating.

Written by aberdeenccblog

Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council. All views are my own.