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Younger donors needed as IBTS clinic returns to Ardee

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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service mobile clinic returns to Ardee next week – with registered donors and new ones too urged to come down and give blood. Younger donors are especially encouraged to attend.

The clinic is in Ardee Parish Centre on Monday September 25th from 4:30pm to to 8pm and is open again on Tuesday September 26th during the same hours – from 4:30pm to 8pm in the evening. First time donors are advised that they do not need to register prior to attending and that that process can be completed at the venue. Just come along.

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Further details are available from the IBTS Donor Information Line on 1850 73 11 37 or alternatively you can call Ardee Area Organiser Catherine Hughes on 041 685 9994.

IBTS recommend that you have eaten something and have had plenty of cold drinks prior to making a donation and that you should allow yourself about an hour to an hour and a half to complete the process at the clinic from registration to refreshments.

The Give Blood website has more information about the process – including determining whether or not you can give blood. Traditionally, Ardee has always seen a very high number of donors and organisers are hopeful that that level of turnout can be replicated once again.

Earlier this year, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) appealed for 1,500 additional donations to steady blood stocks eroded by a recent fall in donors. IBTS warned the issue of declining donor numbers and increasing donor age remains a real worry.

Figures showed that in the past decade, the number of donors fell 21%, while the average age of donors rose from 38 to 41.The decline in young donors is a particular worry for the service. Younger donors are urged to come out and blood give in Ardee next week.

Millenialls are the age group most urgently needed to give blood. The IBTS has seen the average age of its donors soar to 41 — up from 38 just over ten years ago.

Speaking this week, IBTS operations director Paul McKinney urged younger people to make blood donations something they don’t just do once – but often. “We have a very loyal donor base, but that donor base is getting older. In 2005 the average age of a donor was 38. It’s now 41 so it’s going in the wrong direction,” he said.

“Often younger people will come in and they’ll donate once and very often they’ll think, ‘I’ve donated, I’ve ticked that box’’. Our challenge is that there is a constant demand for it, and the population is getting older. We need you to make it part of your life.”

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