Sinn Féin councillor Colly Kelly has encouraged local people to support the Christmas and New Year blood donation appeal over the weekend.
Colr. Kelly said a number of blood donation sessions will be held in the city over the festive period.
The cityside colr. said giving blood is the best gift people can give at Christmas.
“I was recently dealing with an issue for a constituent who had been very ill. During the course of the conversation they were telling me, amongst other things, that they had to get blood transfusions on a number of occasions over the past few years. I was very shocked that this was a young person who needed this life saving treatment.
“You tend to think of patients needing blood transfusions in the event of road accidents but this brought home to me that rarely do we think of people with medical conditions needing such treatment all year around,” he said.
Colr. Kelly said there is a particular demand on blood stocks over the Christmas period. “There is a lot of pressure placed on the Blood Transfusion service. They have said that the need for blood is constant, with 500 patients in the north needing transfusions each week, but at this time of year it can be particularly difficult to maintain their blood stocks.
“I would urge anyone who can help to go along to the ‘Bloodmobile’ at Rafters car park on the Northland Road today between 2pm -4pm and 5.15pm -8.00pm.”