Brock residents looking to donate blood will soon have to travel outside the township.
Following scheduled donor clinics in Beaverton on May 11 and Sunderland on Aug. 3, Canadian Blood Services will no longer be hosting the events in Brock, citing the cost and number of donations collected.
Members of the Beaverton Lions Club, longtime organizers of the clinics in the village, were recently notified of the decision by email.
“Canadian Blood Services is continually examining how it manages Canada’s national blood system to find ways to align supply with demand and improve productivity, while maintaining the highest standards of safety,” reads the message from Laura Ashton, an event coordinator with Canadian Blood Services.
“At this time we want to inform you that after careful consideration Friday, May 11 will be the last blood donor clinic at the Beacan Presbyterian Church. As well, the last clinic in Sunderland will be on Aug. 3.”
Donors at those clinics will be invited to attend others in surrounding communities.
“Many factors were taken into consideration when determining not to return to the Beaverton and Sunderland area. This decision is based on a thorough analysis and it is a combination of many factors that contributed to making this difficult decision, factors such as collections performance, costs to run the event and its proximity to our permanent collections, testing and production sites,” the email reads.
“We understand that this change may be disappointing for our dedicated donors, partners and volunteers.”