Mums launch drive to high­light im­por­tance of do­nat­ing blood

AwAre­ness: With daugh­ters suf­fer­ing from leukaemia, they saw first-hand how vi­tal it is

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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

Pic­ture: Kris Miller.

Faye Shilcock with daugh­ter Sum­mer-Rose.

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