Council Chairman attends blood donation session in Derrylin

Published: 7th July 2015

Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, along with the Council’s Vice-Chairman, Councillor Paul Robinson and Councillor Richie McPhillips, attended a blood donation session organised by the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service in St Aidan’s Secondary School, Derrylin, yesterday.

The Council Chairman is encouraging residents over the age of 17 and in good health to make their way to their local NI Blood Transfusion point to donate blood, particularly during the summer months.  A key issue facing the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service is the impact of the summer months on supply because donors may not be available due to holidays.

Stressing the importance of donating blood and the impact that 30-minutes of someone’s time can have on the lives of others, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“In the summer time people may have a little extra time on their hands. I encourage them to attend their local NI Blood Transfusion point to donate blood.

It took just half an hour of my time to donate blood; I consider that time well spent. The experience was made easy, pleasant and pain free thanks to the experienced NI Blood Transfusion staff and the staff and volunteers at St. Aidan’s Secondary School. I am also extremely grateful to my fellow Councillors, Paul Robinson and Richie McPhillips, for the giving of their time to join me in donating blood.”

Once signed up to the NI Blood Transfusion Service, donors will be called every four months by the Service to attend a session in their local area.

For further information about donating blood please visit www.nibts.org, telephone 0500 534 666 or text BLOOD to 60081.

 

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