Arbroath donors heed the call for more blood

The Tayside blodd transfusion service visited Arbroath Community Centre on Tuesday for blood doners. Pictured are, from left - Trish Stevenson senior doner carer, Kirsten Herald with son Mikee, Gwen Fenton Donor Services Recruitment and Publicity Officer, Barbara Lindsay doner carer and the patient Raymond Herald.

The Tayside blodd transfusion service visited Arbroath Community Centre on Tuesday for blood doners. Pictured are, from left - Trish Stevenson senior doner carer, Kirsten Herald with son Mikee, Gwen Fenton Donor Services Recruitment and Publicity Officer, Barbara Lindsay doner carer and the patient Raymond Herald.

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ARBROATH was visited by the blood donor vans last week as they attempted to fulfil their life-saving pledge.

One man who was renewing his commitment to help those in need at the Community Centre on Tuesday was Arbroath bricklayer, Raymond Herald (43).

Blood doner bus at Arbroath Community Centre on Tuesday.

Blood doner bus at Arbroath Community Centre on Tuesday.

He was more than happy to highlight the need for more donors in Scotland.

He said: “I know when I first gave blood the numbers were dropping.

“This is a worthwhile cause, and it’s a good feeling to know that you could save someone’s life.

“I feel those that can donate, should donate.”

Raymond has given a total of 24 pints, and regularly attends at every opportunity, three times a year.

Last year in Arbroath 1,517 people donated blood when the vans visited in March, July and November.

There were also 119 new donors in 2010, and this year after just two visits to the town there were 69.

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service has promised to find another 65,000 donors this year, and is encouraging everyone to take part.

Their spokesperson Gwen Fenton said: “We are never disappointed with how many people respond to our visits to Arbroath.

“This year we have pledged to raise another 65,000 donations, so we are urging anyone interested in giving blood to come along and see us.”

They have also introduced a series of school talks for students over the age of 17, with the aim of introducing to them the importance of giving blood.

Pupils at Arbroath Academy have been quick to respond, and in 2009/10 33 pupils gave blood, almost doubling a year later to 62 new donors.