Council Chairman encourages blood donation

Published: 1st July 2015

The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, took the opportunity this week to stress the importance of donating blood, and the impact that just one hour of someone’s time can have on the lives of others.

“The importance of maintaining a supply of blood for use in our hospitals cannot be overstated, and the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service relies on the generosity of the public to keep a ready supply available. One of the key issues facing the Service is the impact of the summer months on supply, simply because donors may not be available due to holidays.

The Blood Transfusion Service is holding two sessions in St Aidan’s Secondary School, Derrylin on Monday 6 July 2015, from 2.30pm – 4.00pm and from 5.15pm – 8.00pm, and I would encourage everyone who is over the age of 17 and in good health to consider taking an hour out of their time to give blood to ensure that others who require transfusions can benefit.

I have already enlisted the support of some of my fellow Councillors and I am extremely grateful to them for giving of their time to join me in donating blood in Derrylin next Monday.”

Mr. Charles Kinney, Donor Services General Manager, Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service, said:

“At this time of year it is often difficult to keep blood stocks at a healthy level. We call on all regular donors to come to blood donation sessions that they have been invited to and we also appeal to new donors to help boost our donor panels.”

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

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