Carrying On The Family Tradition
Grainne feels it is vitally important to educate and make young people aware of the importance of blood donation and the need for more donors. Schools are a really good place to discuss how blood donation is relevant to all in the community and how every family may benefit from blood transfusions at some point in their lives. She also encourages her students to promote upcoming clinics, and encourage their own family members to attend clinics if possible.
Sarah is delighted to be able to give blood now and is keen to ask her friends and others her age. She found the staff made giving blood easy, and the couple of hours spent at the clinic to be enjoyable and time really well spent – especially when she received the text a week later, informing her which hospital had received her blood to give to a patient, so that she knew it had all been worth it.
- Blood lasts only 35 days, is not frozen and there is no substitute for it. We aim to have about 7 days of blood to supply hospitals nationwide but it can often run below this level, particularly for certain blood groups. Blood is required by hospitals every day of the year.
- If there are no clinics upcoming in your area, you can register your interest in doing so, and a team member from IBTS will contact you prior to the next suitable clinic