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Hundreds turn out for Wee Oscar’s blood donation drive at City Hall

Stephen and Leona Knox with Nurse Lynne Weir, Lord Mayor of Belfast Mairtin O Muilleoir  and Councillor Tierna Cunningham.

Stephen and Leona Knox with Nurse Lynne Weir, Lord Mayor of Belfast Mairtin O Muilleoir and Councillor Tierna Cunningham.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast was among the hundreds of people who turned out to donate blood at the City Hall on Tuesday, to help five year-old Oscar Knox and others in need.

Mairtin O Muilleoir was just one of those who gave blood at the all-day session organised by Oscar’s parents Stephen and Leona, and backed unanimously by city councillors.

The young Belfast boy is currently fighting neuroblastoma, and requires frequent blood transfusions.

Writing on their blog Leona said: “Oscar has received over 30 blood transfusions and almost 140 platelet transfusions in this past 26 months - without them, he simply would not be here.”

Belfast City Hall was illuminated in red on Monday night to raise awareness and remind people to take the time to attend the session if they could.

Paul McElkerney a spokesperson for the Service said, “We are very appreciative of the support from Oscar, his parents and Belfast City Council and I hope that Oscar’s blood donor day is a huge success and that many people enrol to give blood.”

The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service advises that most people aged between 17 and 65 years of age should be able to give blood.

To enrol or for further information, text blood to 60081, call 0500534666, visit www.nibts.org or see them on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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