Catalonia’s Blood Donors Marathon is on from 12 to 19 January and once again the City Council is giving its support to help boost blood reserves in the city. On 12 and 13 January donors will also be able to give blood at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) for the first time.
The hope is to achieve 8,000 blood donations in all, replenishing blood reserves in the city following the Christmas period, when donations traditionally drop by around 25%. The flu epidemic can also push that figure down by a further 15%.
The Mayor, Ada Colau, pointed out: “Besides the importance of giving blood, donating is part of a very positive experience for the donor and is linked to the values of altruism, solidarity and generosity which identify us as a city”. Colau also remembered the terrible terrorist attacks in August as a specific case which demonstrates the importance of giving blood, noting that people in the city once again gave the best account of themselves by going to hospitals to give blood without being asked to.
The experience of giving blood
The campaign by the Blood Bank is being organised from 12 to 19 January and is based around a message which points out that giving blood means giving so much more, highlighting the positive sensations people experience during and after the donation. New features this year include SMS texts for all donors when their blood is sent to a hospital to treat a patient, as well as satisfaction surveys on the attention received and the donor experience.
Appointments to give blood can be booked using the following link: https://www.donarsang.gencat.cat/
In Barcelona, donations can be made at:
- Hospital Clínic
- Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron
- Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
- Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)