Rise In Numbers Giving Blood In The Midlands

All three counties recorded an increase.

Blood donations across the midlands were up 11% in 2018. 

Figures released by the Irish Blood Transfusion service show Offaly had the largest swell in numbers - jumping 14% on the previous year. 

Laois saw an increase of 223 individual donations, that's 10% more than in 2017. 

Donations were also up by 8% in Westmeath -  meaning 1 in 36 people in the county gave blood. 

In all, the midlands accounts for just over 5% of the total number of donations throughout the country. 

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