Andrew made 300,000th donation
When Andrew Rice popped into the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Monday evening to donate blood, he didn't think that he would be the cause of great celebration among staff.
It turned out that his blood was the 300,000th donation collected by the team since the regional office of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service opened in Ardee in 2001.
And the Jenkinstown man got more than a cuppa and bickie for his effort as he was presented with a crystal bowl to mark the occasion.
Anyone else who would like to donate blood can do so by calling to the mobile clinics which continue this week in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk until Thursday from 4.30pm until 8pm.
New and returning donors are always welcome to donate blood, a process which usually takes no more than 15 minutes.
Donors will be interviewed by a doctor or nurse and asked to fill in a health and lifestyle questionaire. Those donating blood are recommended to have eaten something and have had plenty of cold drinks before attending the clinic. They should allow about an hour to an hour and a half to complete the process at the clinic from registration to refreshments.
Donated blood forms a vital part of the health service and is used for patients in who have lost blood due to accidents or surgery and for patients undergoing chemotherapy.