CHOCOLATE ANYONE? Calling for Easter blood donations at the Lismore Blood Bank are registered nurse Paul Hampson and donors Caroline Grissell and Briony McAdam.
CHOCOLATE ANYONE? Calling for Easter blood donations at the Lismore Blood Bank are registered nurse Paul Hampson and donors Caroline Grissell and Briony McAdam. Jacklyn Wagner

Eat chocolate to give life

IT'S NOT often we get the okay to eat chocolate, but blood donors are being encouraged to do that this Easter.

The Red Cross's Lismore Donor Centre recommends dark chocolate as it contains more iron, and with the usual abundance of chocolate around at this time of year, that shouldn't be a problem for most of us.

Caroline Grissel and Briony McAdam were more than keen to get into the spirit of giving this week as the service enters one of its most difficult periods of the year, meeting demand when many regular donors go on holiday.

Wayne Jones, acting executive director of the Richmond Clarence Health Service Group said Lismore Base Hospital will need blood donations around the Easter long weekend to help treat cancer patients, mums and babies, and those undergoing surgery.

Ms Grissel has been giving blood for the past three or four years and mostly donates plasma, which you can donate every two weeks.

"Generally I give when- ever I can just to help out but I know a lot of people with cancers and things like that so it's just my way of helping," she said.

Ms McAdam donates every three months and signed up for text reminders.

"It's just a good thing to do as I know a lot of people who don't do it," she said.

GIVING BLOOD

Lismore Donor Centre, Level 1, 26 Bounty St

  • Mondays, 12-7.30pm (closed Easter Monday, March 30)
  • Tuesdays, 7am-2pm
  • Wednesdays, 12-7.30pm
  • Thursdays, 12-7.30pm
  • Fridays, 7am-2pm (closed Good Friday, March 29)
  • Saturdays, 9am-1pm

Mobile Blood Services

Ballina Richmond Room

  • Monday & Tuesday, April 8-9
  • Monday & Tuesday, April 15-16

Byron Regional Sport & Cultural Complex

  • Monday & Tuesday, March 25-26

Casino RSM Club

  • Monday & Tuesday, March 18-19

Kyogle Bowling Club, 8 Larkin St

  • Tuesday, April 2


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