Mayor gives support to blood transfusion service

Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service's recruitment and organisation manager, Paul McElkerney explains the donation process to Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe.  INCT 31-728-CON
Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service's recruitment and organisation manager, Paul McElkerney explains the donation process to Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe. INCT 31-728-CON

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Councillor Billy Ashe is encouraging local residents to support the work of the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service.

In advance of an upcoming blood donor session, Cllr Ashe welcomed the NIBTS’s recruitment and organisation manager, Paul McElkerney to the Mayor’s Parlour – and pledged his own blood by way of example.

“The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service needs to attract many new donors to ensure a safe supply of blood to our hospitals,” Cllr Ashe said.

“Blood is used in numerous ways, such as going to a child with leukaemia, a mother during childbirth, a person undergoing routine surgery, a person with cancer, or someone involved in an accident.

“In Northern Ireland upwards of 1,300 units of blood are used by 500 patients each week, yet 94 percent of the eligible population still do not give blood. I am urging the people of the borough to get involved and attend these sessions.”