The annual glut of
strawberries might herald the arrival of Wimbledon, but the summer
sporting bonanza risks causing deaths in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Blood supplies, already
dwindling, are at risk of sinking even further because of the amount
of sport on television.
Too many regular donors are
missing their session, and that is causing a serious shortage in blood
Wimbledon fortnight, which
traditionally sees thousands of tennis fans glues to their television
screens, is expected to lead to another slump.
The National Blood Service is
bracing itself for a ten per cent drop in collections in the West
Midlands – about 1,000 units of blood.
A spokesman said:
“Euro 2000 hit our
collections and now the situation is likely to get worse because of
“Wimbledon has an effect
every year and we try to plan for it, but this year the knock-on
effect from football means we are starting from a lower base than we
”In addition, the Olympics
start soon and we fear we will lose donations because of them.”
As well as the sport, millions
of people go on holiday and hundreds of businesses close for a break.
The spokesman said that it was
therefore vitally important the people do turn up when asked to give
“We cannot stress how
important it is that donors should turn out for their local
sessions. I people know they will be away, please get in touch with
us on 08457 711 711, and we will find you a suitable alternative
New volunteers are always
being looked for and should also contact that number. Sessions are
coming up next week in Wellesbourne, Bedworth, Leamington, Southam and