In one of many inspiring stories to come out of the tragedy in Manchester, Britain’s National Health Service released a statement on Tuesday thanking blood donors for their overwhelming support. Due to the tremendous increase in donations following the Monday night terror attack at Manchester Arena, the local blood banks are full and donations are no longer needed.
“We are not taking registrations due to a high response following last night’s events,” the statement from Give Blood NHS reads. “We have all the blood required at the present time.”
According to Metro.co.uk, medical centers in Manchester had been hosting emergency blood drives prior to the statement from NHS. While current needs have been sufficiently met, Mike Streddler, director of blood donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, asked blood donors with existing appointments not to cancel and encouraged those who are not registered to consider signing up in the future.
“We are responding to last night’s events in Manchester. Our thoughts are with the people affected by this tragic incident,” he said. “If you have an appointment to give blood in the next few days, please do your best to keep it, particularly if you are blood group O negative. We do have all the blood required for hospital patients at the present time.”
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