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The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has called on the public to donate blood this summer as these months can be some of the most challenging for the service.

They need at least 15,000 donors per month for the blood supply to remain at a steady level.

The service has specifically asked for people who are O positive, O negative, A positive and B negative to donate.

Operating Director of the IBTS Paul McKinney said: "The summer months are always a challenging time for blood donation – children are on holidays or doing exams, the evenings are long and fine, or there are other distractions such as the World Cup.”

He has asked people to donate before they go on their holidays.

By donating blood you can help people live happier and healthier lives. Thousands of people need blood in Ireland’s hospitals, especially those who are undergoing surgery, recovering from cancer or have been in a serious accident.

Visit www.giveblood.ie for more future clinic times/dates available.


Selena Gomez took to Instagram yesterday to share with fans that she had undergone a kidney transplant – a direct result of the star's Lupus.

The Fetish singer thanked her team of doctors, but also extended a massive thank you to her close friend Francia Raisa, who donated her kidney to Selena. 

Today, Francia has taken to the social media platform to comment on the experience.


A post shared by Francia Raísa (@franciaraisa) on

'I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process.'

'This was part of our story, and we will share it soon, but what is important now is that this is not the only story.'

'For more information regarding Lupus, please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org'

'Love you sis, so glad we’re on this journey together.'

Seriously, is that isn't the purest friendship in the world, we don't know what is.