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Patients in the Highlands need new donors to stand up and be counted


By Louise Glen

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Kevin Lowe is pictured at Raigmore Hospital. Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group.
Kevin Lowe is pictured at Raigmore Hospital. Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group.

Inverness resident Kevin Lowe is supporting the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service this New Year by asking donors – and would-be donors – to make an appointment to give blood.

Right now, there are desperately ill patients across the country who need donors to give blood.

Hospitals are full of patients in need of blood transfusions – cancer patients, mothers who have had traumatic births, children who have been in accidents, long term patients with blood disorders.

These patients have not disappeared because there is an on-going pandemic.

Mr Lowe had a kidney transplant in 2007.

However, when his body started to reject it seven years later he needed blood transfusions to keep him alive until he could receive a new second kidney.

Mr Lowe said: “To the donors whose blood products I’ve received, thank you for giving me this chance. I’m now back to being the active person that I enjoy being. I can enjoy going out for long walks with my wife Tracey and our dog Hamish and help my neighbours with their gardening projects.

INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Kevin Lowe is pictured during an SNBTS patient story at Raigmore Hospital, on December 02, 2020, in Inverness, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Kevin Lowe is pictured during an SNBTS patient story at Raigmore Hospital, on December 02, 2020, in Inverness, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

“It’s all because blood donors were willing to put aside some time and think about others by going along to give a pint of their blood. Life is so hectic these days but I’d say one thing to anyone who hasn’t given blood before or anyone who hasn’t been along in a while. If you can do one thing for someone this New Year, book an appointment to give blood.

“Blood donors are amazing individuals. It’s because of them that I can look forward to celebrating more birthdays and look forward to enjoying life.”

Travelling to give blood is regarded as essential travel by the Scottish Government.

It doesn’t matter what tier you live in, or where the donation session is being held, you’re not only allowed to travel to donate but strongly encouraged to.

If you’re fit and healthy and aged 17-65, you’re pretty likely to be eligible to give blood. If it’s been a while since you’ve given blood, or you’ve never given blood before, then why not book an appointment by visiting www.scotblood.co.uk or give call on 0345 90 90 999.


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