Staff pull together to Save Lives

27.01.17

Giving blood saves lives. It’s a sad reality, but many people would not be alive today if donors had not generously given their blood, whether that be a lifeline in an emergency or for those who seek long term treatment.

Whilst the demand for blood has fallen with increased efficiency, it still remains significantly high, with over 6,000 contributions required every day, just to treat patients across England. Each year, approximately 200,000 new donors are needed to keep pace and fulfil requirements, yet only 3% of us actively donate.

Currently the average age group of donors is 45, but with people between the age of 17-65 able to give blood there is an emphasis on encouraging more young people to get involved to achieve sustainability longer-term.

Local business Mick George Ltd, has done exactly that. The company has today welcomed the NHS Blood and Transplant Donor team to the Huntingdon based Head Office to provide more information about giving blood, and inspire registrations.
The premises which now hosts around 150 staff members daily, as well as the wider business, employing in excess of 1,000 people, provides an excellent opportunity for the NHS to increase subscriptions.

The registrations received on the day will help, 252 Babies, 147 Children or 63 Adults.

Blood has many differing parts, components and types, used to treat patients for various medical conditions, and some of the staff at Mick George Ltd are already familiar with the procedures. Andrew Goode, Commercial Waste Account Manager, has been donating blood for almost 40 years and is closing in on his 75th pint. While Commercial Director, Stuart Elliott has provided 25 pints, specifically used for ‘special protein’ helping to treat new born babies on neo natal wards.

Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’On a continuous basis throughout the years, the business and our employees have supported a number of charitable causes close to our hearts, including Breast Cancer, Testicular cancer and Save the Children, whilst raising significant funds.

Stump Continued: ‘’The interest and uptake on the day was pleasing to see, and recognises the real value in the service offering. We were delighted to welcome the NHS and would hope, and recommend other local businesses to follow suit ‘’

For any further information, please contact: Bridget.Parr@nhsbt.nhs.uk

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