A Sheffield toddler has been given some very special early Christmas presents - blood and platelet transfusions that have helped save his life.
From birth, Tiffin Ridge, who is now 19 months, has needed numerous transfusions, sometimes on a daily basis while on a special care baby unit.
His mystery condition has not yet been diagnosed despite numerous tests, but his parents Nic and Rebekah say they are eternally grateful to the city donors whose blood has kept their son alive.
The family, from Wadsley, recently met local donor Mick Nadin to discuss how Tiffin’s health has improved over the last three months.
It comes as NHS Blood and Transplant revealed they need 1,000 donations in Sheffield to ensure they have enough life-saving supplies over the Christmas period.
With Christmas Day and Boxing Day falling ahead of a weekend, there are extra concerns this year that fewer donors than usual will be giving blood during the festive season.
Holly Mason, NHS Blood and Transplant lead donor relations manager, said: “At a time when everyone is thinking about the perfect gift for their loved ones, some people will be relying on one gift that really matters – the gift of blood. We’re asking new and regular donors in Sheffield to give blood this December.
“The gift of a single blood donation can save or improve up to three lives. Don’t worry if you’ve never given blood before - now is a great time to sign up and start giving to help save lives this Christmas and beyond.”
Stocks need to be maintained throughout the year because of the short shelf life of both blood and platelets, making it important to maintain available levels over the festive period.