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Church thanked by NHS for supporting blood donations

Church thanked by NHS for supporting blood donations

by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A church congregation from Southport have been thanked by the NHS for supporting blood donations. 

Chief Executive of NHS Blood and Transplant, Betsy Bassis, sent a letter of thanks to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

In the letter, she said: “I would like to thank you personally on behalf of NHS Blood and Transplant for supporting blood donation during these unprecedented times. COVID-19 has created challenges for us all. Yet thanks to your ongoing support, we have not faltered in being able to meet hospital demand for lifesaving blood to help patients in need across the country.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and your congregations across the country has stepped up to the challenge and not only continued to host blood donation sessions throughout, but were also willing to support us with additional church venues if needed. Please accept our sincere gratitude for all your support.”

Southport’s Church building, situated on Preston New Road, was made available to the blood service a total of nine times in 2020, all at no charge to the NHS. 

Bishop of the local congregation, Peter Rigby, added: “I am grateful to my local members who volunteered to help make these sessions possible. 

“The NHS also put in place extra safety measures and cleaning regimes, and their trained staff were in place to check everyone before they entered the building. They introduced further measures to reduce the spread of disease including provision of hand sanitizers and donor stations placed two metres apart. Working together we were able to provided the much needed blood to those requiring it.”

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