As part of our involvement, we invited young Callum McCulloch down to our Spurs Lodge training ground to watch a training session and meet some of the lads.
Callum, who is a massive Spurs fan, is celebrating his 10th birthday this Christmas Eve after having blood transfusions in 1998 for an open-heart operation. He will continue to need blood as he has more surgeries to undergo in future, and this can only be possible thanks to all those who give blood.
Michael Dawson was one of the players to meet Callum, and he said: “Christmas is such a busy time, especially with the football season at its peak and the party season about to begin, so things like giving blood are often at the back of people’s minds.
“But Callum is a perfect example of why giving blood is so important, so it’s a great thing that this appeal is encouraging more people to do so.”
The need for blood increases during the Christmas period as more people are busy visiting friends and family or going away on holiday. Another factor affecting the number of donors is that fewer people are able to donate due to the onset of colds and flu.
As a result, blood stocks traditionally fall by 10% which results in stocks running low. Only 4% of the eligible UK population currently gives blood, yet the National Blood Service needs to collect up to 8,000 units every day to make sure that patients in hospitals across England and North Wales are able to receive the life saving treatments they require.
If you are aged between 17 - 60 years of age, in general good health and weigh over 7st 12lbs, you could support the campaign. Just call the Donor Helpline on 0845 7 711711 to find out more about where you can make your donation to help save someone’s life.
The Club is helping the National Blood Service to kick off its Countdown to Christmas appeal by asking members of the public to give blood and save lives during the festive season.With all that’s going on at this time of year it’s easy to see how giving blood slips off the Christmas ‘to do’ list, so the appeal aims to encourage people to give up just one hour of their day and make a vital donation.