Appeal for blood donors in May
Blood Service is appealing for more blood donors to come forward in
May and help boost supplies for patients over the two bank holidays.
Blood donation sessions are not held on bank holidays because many
regular donors take advantage of the extended break by going away.
However, this means more donations are required around the holidays
to ensure patients get the blood they need.
Red blood cells have a shelf-life of 35 days, but platelets, tiny
cells in the blood which help it to clot, last just 5 days. It is
crucial that supplies remain at a good level as they are often used
to treat patients undergoing treatment for cancer.
Rachel Roberts, spokesperson for the National Blood Service, said:-
“We’d like to thank all our donors who came forward around
Easter and helped provide blood for patients. However, the demand
for blood never stops and this month patients in the North West will
need over 25,000 donations for vital medical treatments. It is very
important that people come forward and donate to help make sure
blood is there for them.”
New donors are needed throughout the region. Anyone aged over 17 and
up to their 60th birthday, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12 lbs)
and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by
becoming a blood donor. For more information on giving blood,
including details of your nearest blood donation session, call 0845
7 711 711 or visit
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MERSEYSIDE! Every drop Counts!
Baghdad, a place of
war and terror... but has it always been that way?
students at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts are offering
theatre-goers a view of Baghdad, far removed from today’s constant
images of death and destruction, in their latest production.
The Arabian Nights, to be performed at LIPA from 4 May to 6 May,
journeys to ancient times to discover the Baghdad that was once an
intellectual and cultural centre of the world, a place of wonder
rather than of war and woe.
As the Capital of Iraq enters a third year of allied occupation,
with lives being claimed daily through suicide bombs and street
warfare, it’s hard to imagine the city’s history as anything but
But LIPA’s Postgraduate Acting students and Director Lise Olson have
re-invented the ancient tales of love and humour, ably assisted by
set designer Gemma Bowman who has transformed LIPA’s Sennheiser
Studio Theatre into a vibrant Arabian palace, decorated in layers of
rich fabrics, delicate cushions and tapestries.
The play, written by Mary Zimmerman’s, portrays an Arabian king who
loves and kills a woman every night, until he meets Scheherezade the
weaver of dreams and tales. For 1001 nights he delays he execution
as she keeps him enthralled with her stories of love, humour and
Director Lise Olson says:- “The piece reflects on a time when
Baghdad was central to the intellectual and creative growth of the
world. The inventive re-telling of these ancient stories shows the
poetic testament to the transformational power of storytelling”
Third year Music student Michael Bruce has created a new and
original score specially for the piece adding a modern Arabian feel
to the play.
The Arabian Nights will be performed on the 4 May to 6 May 2006 at
7.30pm, with a matinee at 2.30pm on 6 May, in the Sennheiser Studio
Theatre. Tickets cost £7 adults, £3.50 concessions and are available
via Unity Theatre box office 0151 7094988 or
email or from the LIPA Box Office an hour