PUMPED TO DONATE: Daily Examiner senior writer Tim Howard getting his blood pressure taken before donating at the Blood Bank. Photo: Contributed
PUMPED TO DONATE: Daily Examiner senior writer Tim Howard getting his blood pressure taken before donating at the Blood Bank. Photo: Contributed

Best of bloody crises

THE Red Cross Blood Bank has so many donors in Grafton it can't handle them all.

That fortunate misfortune comes after The Daily Examiner challenged local businesses to supply six donors each.

So far 29 blood donors have indicated their availability and it's all too much for the mobile service which visits Grafton on Wednesdays.

The blood bank's community relations officer, Greg French, said there were five spots available yesterday, which DEX staff snapped up.

"It's a great problem to have," he said. "We have our regular donors and we can't take so many new donors at once."

Mr French said the service would consider making more visits to the Clarence Valley if the trend continued.

Staff at the Grafton retirement home, Clarence Village, and Elders Real Estate Grafton have joined in the drive.

Clarence Village leads the way with 17 donors while six staffers at The DEX and Elders respectively make up the rest.

Elders principal Dave Dart said he was excited at the prospect of contributing.

"Good on The Daily Examiner for putting it out there," he said. "Our staff here will be happy to take up the challenge."



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