Bloody good idea

• Tana Marie Henry and Erin Watkins from Lifeblood, with donor Matt Sercombe. 

BLOOD platelets spoil quicker than milk so the Perth CBD Blood Donor Centre is calling for an 300 extra donors over the coming long weekend.

Blood is especially needed for cancer patients going through chemotherapy and to meet an expected increase in road trauma.

On a typical Easter weekend admission rates start to climb on Thursday night as people travel on the last warm long weekend before winter. That trend was bucked last year during lockdown but more people may be holidaying intrastate this year meaning more car trips.

Red Cross Lifeblood spokesperson Jessica Willet says Easter was one of the hardest times of the year to collect blood and plasma.

“We traditionally see less donors at Easter, as many people take a well-earned holiday,” Ms Willet said in a media release calling for 300 extra donors, especially O-negative universal blood types that can be used in emergencies.

“Now that travel restrictions have lifted in many parts of the country, we’re expecting many regular donors to take an Easter break. But the need for blood never stops.”

If you can spare an hour to potentially resurrect someone this Easter, they’re open every day except Good Friday, hours via lifeblood.com.au and book on 13 14 95.

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