Moth­ers launch drive to gather blood in trib­ute to chil­dren’s care

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Two moth­ers have launched a bid to col­lect blood do­na­tions in trib­ute to the care their daugh­ters have re­ceived as they fight leukaemia.

Char­lene Ab­bott and Faye Shilcock’s daugh­ters are both re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for the ill­ness, which re­quires them to re­ceive reg­u­lar blood trans­fu­sions.

Faye’s eight-year-old Sum­mer-Rose has had 17 trans­fu­sions and Char­lene’s daugh­ter Brooke, four, has had four.

Both are 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.

The two moth­ers have now pledged to do­nate the same amount of blood their daugh­ters have had through trans­fu­sions.

The pair met and be­came friends while their daugh­ters were re­ceiv­ing treat­ment.

They say their chil­dren could be dead if it wasn’t for other peo­ple do­nat­ing.

Char­lene, 30, from Inch­ture, said she took her daugh­ter to A&E on a Sun­day af­ter­noon and within a few hours she was told she had leukaemia.

“My heart was shat­tered,” she said. “I had no idea how im­por­tant do­na­tions are un­til Brooke was di­ag­nosed. If you give blood then you are sav­ing lives.”

Faye, 32, from Charleston, added: “When they get a trans­fu­sion, you see the colour com­ing back to them and their en­ergy com­ing back.”

The pair also want to raise aware­ness of the im­por­tance of peo­ple do­nat­ing platelets, the cells that al­low blood to clot.

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