Red Cross Fremantle donor calls for others to donate plasma


Fremantle Donor Centre manager Kelly Simpson with Jill Littlewood and Bill Godwin. Picture: Will Russell.
Fremantle Donor Centre manager Kelly Simpson with Jill Littlewood and Bill Godwin. Picture: Will Russell.

PLASMA donor Jill Littlewood has a message for anyone thinking about donating – roll up your sleeves and get into it.

The regular donor at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s Fremantle Donor Centre said she started about 40 years ago.

“I took a break from donating when I was raising a family but I started again in the last seven years, firstly with donating blood,” she said.

“I started donating plasma because I knew it was in such demand.

“It is really beneficial – it can be used to treat a variety of things.”

“It saves lives but also it is a really nice experience, the Fremantle centre is really friendly and warm,” the Cottesloe resident said.

“The snacks are also really tasty, it’s a great way to spend a hour and it gives you a great feeling afterwards.”

The Fremantle Donor Centre is urging residents of Fremantle to give plasma.

Red Cross community relations officer Gina Tracey said the organisation was urging 250 people to give plasma before the end of February.

“Plasma and its many treatments are used to treat shocks and burns, fight infectious diseases, prevent blood clots and stop critical bleeding,” she said.

“Plasma is set to become Australia’s most-needed blood component in just a few year.”

To make an appointment or learn more about donating plasma, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.