Mums launch drive to highlight importance of donating blood
AwAreness: With daughters suffering from leukaemia, they saw first-hand how vital it is
I took her to A&Eona Sunday afternoon and within a few hours I was told it was leukaemia – my heart was shattered. CHARLENE ABBOTT
Two Tayside mothers have launched a bid to donate all the blood their daughters have had in transfusions during their treatment for leukaemia.
Charlene Abbott, from Inchture, and Faye Shilcock’s daughters are both currently battling the illness, which requires them to receive blood transfusions as part of their treatment.
Dundee woman Faye’s eight-year-old, Summer-Rose, has had 17 transfusions and Charlene’s daughter Brooke, 4, has had four in total.
Both are currently in the maintenance phase of their treatment cycles, meaning they receive oral chemotherapy on a daily basis at home and a larger dose once a month at hospital.
And now their mums have pledged to donate the same amount of blood that their daughters transfusions.
They had originally met and become friends at the hospital while their youngsters were receiving treatment.
They then decided to launch the bid in the hope of raising awareness on the importance of donating blood, saying their daughters could be dead if it was not for people donating.
Charlene, 30, said: “I took her to A&E on a Sunday afternoon and within a few hours I was told it was leukaemia – my heart was shattered.
“I had no idea how important donations are until Brooke was diagnosed. That’s why I think it is important to raise awareness – if you give blood then you are saving lives.”
Faye, 32, from Charleston, said: “When they get a transfusion, you see the colour coming back to them and their energy coming back.”
Blood has a very short shelf life and cannot be stockpiled, so every day people around the country depend on donors to help maintain blood stock.
Charlene and Faye also want to raise awareness of the importance of people donating platelets, the cells that allow blood to clot.
Faye added: “I can say for certain that if it was not for people donating platelets then my daughter would not be here.”
People who want more information can visit scotblood.co.uk. have had through
Faye Shilcock with daughter Summer-Rose.