The Tower of London, more usually linked with villains and blood-shed than blood donation, today played host to a donation session for Tower of London residents (including Yeoman Warders, better known as Beefeaters) and employees as well as the general public with an emphasis on O- donations to boost blood stocks ahead of the Olympics.
New statistics from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) announced today reveal a gap between demand and supply of blood type O- during national celebrations and underline an urgent need for O- donors to come forward ahead of the Olympics next month.
The statistics coincide with annual World Blood Donor Day (14th June). The theme this year is heroes. NHSBT is marking the occasion with a special one-off blood donation session at the Tower of London to appeal to this group of blood donor heroes whilst also collecting blood from some Britainâs military heroes, the Beefeaters.
Hannah Farrands (5) from Leicester has undergone 5 open-heart surgeries due to a complex congenital heart defect and will have more in the future during which she has required major blood transfusions.
Hannah is pictured with Yeaman Warder Robin Fuller as he donates blood today.