With extra pressure is on the blood supply at this time of year, as during December, donations can drop off by up to 20% as regular donors are busy with festivities. Many patients continue to need cancer treatment, accident and emergency care and routine surgery during this time, all of which may require blood components. Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service must also ensure there is enough blood should Scotland suffer colder weather or even a big freeze in the coming weeks. Without blood donors, many of Scotland’s patients wouldn’t be here to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones.

Katie Moir, North of Scotland Donor Services Manager said, ‘Macrae & Dick contacted us in 2012 with the aim of arranging a special blood donor session within their premises especially for their staff. We are honoured to return for what will be our fourth session on site. The management team generously arrange to support staff members by giving them time away from their busy jobs to go and give a pint of blood. Since our first visit, 123 staff have attended and an amazing 104 live saving donations made. We would like to say a huge thank you to all those involved in making the donor sessions happen and we must extend a special thanks to Theresa Mackenzie at Macrae & Dick for managing correspondence and appointments at their end.’

Bill Maclean, Finance Director, Macrae & Dick said ‘We are delighted that we have been able to support the Highland Blood Transfusion Service with their Christmas Campaign for the third year running. Macrae & Dick have arranged for a number of staff to take time out of their day to donate blood and make a difference again this Christmas.’

Katie Moir continues, National Donor Services Manager said “Winter weather conditions can present severe challenges for the blood supply. We are asking donors to make their first Christmas gift the most valuable – give blood and help us to build our supplies over the coming weeks to ensure we have enough blood in stock to support patients over the busy Christmas period whatever the weather.”

Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service would urge groups and individuals in the Highlands of Scotland to come forward and give blood now to help us ensure we are prepared for any eventuality this coming winter. It is particularly important that O Negative, A Negative and B Negative donors give blood as soon as they can, as these are the blood groups that face the most pressure. ”

Help us show patients in Scotland they are not fighting alone. To register as a blood donor or to find out where your nearest donation session is, call 0845 90 90 999, text ‘blood’ to 61611, or visit