Local Kilcoole boy Gavin Glynn received his honorary membership of Blood Bikes Leinster on Wednesday at the St. Patricks Centre, Greystones. The presentation was organised by Team Gavin Glynn and local election candidate Jennifer Whitmore and coincided with the Blood Transfusion Service’s Blood Donation Clinic.Blood Bikes Leinster are a voluntary group of motorcyclists that transport urgent supplies of blood and medical products between hospitals . They work closely with Crumlin Hospital, Barretstown and Aoibheanns Pink Tie.
John Glynn said "We wanted to try to promote awareness of how important it is to donate blood as some people are unaware that Children with Cancer rely on blood donations every day of the week. Gavin has needed many blood transfusions over the last few years". Children and adults with cancer need blood transfusions as some chemotherapy drugs lower the number of red blood cells and surgery to treat cancer may lead to blood loss and a need for red blood cell or platelet transfusions.
Whitmore said ‘This presentation was held at the same time as the Blood Donation Clinic to encourage as many as possible to donate. The support given by the community to this event was fantastic. Attendance at this year’s clinic was up 20 per cent on last year. Over 3000 blood donations are needed in Ireland every week so it’s great to see the local community making such a fantastic contribution to helping the blood transfusion service.
Originaily published in Greystones Guide