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Jennifer Carlyle, Karen O’Connor and Noreen Kehoe from Wexford Civil Defence at the blood clinic.

Jennifer Carlyle, Karen O’Connor and Noreen Kehoe from Wexford Civil Defence at the blood clinic.

Jennifer Carlyle, Karen O’Connor and Noreen Kehoe from Wexford Civil Defence at the blood clinic.

Members of Wexford Civil Defence were delighted to be able to assist the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) recently when the latter organisation held a clinic in Enniscorthy.

As part of Wexford County Council's community forum initiative the civil defence members were on hand to provide administration and first aid cover for the IBTS over seven days between May 5 and 14.

A spokesperson for the civil defence said: 'Every day five volunteers, under the supervision of Noreen Kehoe, provided full cover for both clinics. In total 10 volunteers provided cover over the two weeks.'

It was a very successful clinic with around 130 donors attending each day with attendance arranged by appointment only, to ensure social distance guidelines were adhered to.

Wexford Civil Defence established its Enniscorthy unit in February, 2019, and the volunteers within the unit completed their Emergency First Responder certification in March, this year, just prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wexford Civil Defence continues to support the community forum through provision of services like the transportation of patients to hospital appointments and delivery of PPE to nursing homes throughout the county.

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