The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will old three Blood Donation Clinics in Roscommon town over the coming days.
This summer the Irish Blood Transfusion Service launched the #MissingType Blood Donation appeal which aimed to attract 8,000 new donors by the end of the year. Speaking at the launch of the campaign IBTS National Donor Services Manager, Stephen Cousins said “In Ireland there is a particular need for new donors as 21% less people came forward to donate for the first time in 2015 compared to 2010. While the average age of donors in Ireland was 40.8 years old last year. This has increased by 2.5 years, from 38.4 years in 2005. This is part of a world-wide trend in blood donation. In a survey for the Missing Type campaign, participating blood services reported the number of people becoming donors and giving blood for the first time was 1.8m in 2005 and 1.3m in 2015 – a drop of just over 27% .
The three local Blood Donation Clinics will be held at the Abbey Hotel and the details are as follows:
Sunday December 18th from 12pm – 3:30pm.
Monday December 19th from 5pm – 8:30pm.
Tuesday December 20th from 5pm – 8:30pm.
The IBTS needs 3,000 donations a week and to find out more visit giveblood.ie .