Many young cancer patients require multiple transfusions – Iona, now aged 18, has asked that, if we are able to, we give blood regularly – she needed over 30 pints of blood during six months of treatment to fight cancer.  30 pints!    You can see Iona here in this photograph.  It would make a huge difference if more of us donated just one pint from time to time.

To give blood visit the Blood Transfusion Service website –there are many locations and sessions throughout Scotland.  The main centre in Edinburgh is at 41 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh.