A team of staff from Specsavers in The Gyle Shopping Centre have been awarded a certificate for giving blood ten times – a combined total of 60 donations.

Staff at the store were shocked to hear claims that only a tiny per cent of Scotland’s population donates blood and wanted to do their bit to help.

So nine workers, who all hail from Edinburgh, decided to form a team which now makes regular trips to the capital’s Blood Donor Centre.

In demand

Two of the staff members have even registered as emergency donors, as their blood type is O Negative, which is in particularly high demand.  People with this special blood type are known as “universal donors” as it can be given to anyone, making it the only safe option for emergency patients whose blood types are unknown.

Craig Dakar, store director of Specsavers Gyle, said: “I’m so proud of the staff for going the effort of putting a ‘donation team’ together to help this worthwhile cause – already they’ve donated almost 30 litres of blood between them.

“They couldn’t believe it when they heard that only five per cent of people in Scotland are active blood donors and they wanted to do something about it, and they give each other encouragement which is great.”

Enthusiastic staff

Participating staff are pre-registration optometrist, Ryan Boyle; clinical assistants Steph Stewart and Francesca Porcetta; and trainee dispensing opticians Gemma Lowe-Wheeler, Kat Brown and Adam Ward.

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service needs 5,000 blood donors every week to meet the need of patients in Scotland. For more information visit www.scotblood.co.uk.

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