Donors honoured at awards night
A number of locals were honoured for their amazing record of blood donations at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service's (IBTS) blood donor awards ceremony which took place recently.
Gold Drop Awards were presented to those who have donated blood on 50 occasions and the recipients included Paul Gorman and Tony Bradley, both from Clogherhead, Declan Flood, Fiacre Quigley, Brian Fitzpatrick, Alan Mohan, Damien O'Reilly, Michelle Mooney, all from Drogheda, Aidan Mooney and Brendan Gillespie from Ardee, Charles McBride and Michael Giggins from Dunleer and Kieran Bellew from Blakestown.
Two local men were also honoured with a special award for their amazing achievement of 100 blood donations.
John Mongey from Slane and Thomas Matthews from Dunleer were among seven people recognised for the fantastic milestone of donating blood on 100 occasions.
In total, one hundred and twenty six 50 time donors received their Gold Drop and seven 100 time Donors received their Porcelain Pelicans at the ceremony.
Donors and their guests attended from counties Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Westmeath, Longford, and North County Dublin.
Finbar Gethins te Area Manager for the Ardee Centre was MC for the ceremony and welcomed everyone and congratulated all the Donors on their wonderful achievements.
Andy Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of the IBTS performed the opening address and thanked the Donors for their commitment on behalf of all the patients who are extremely grateful to all blood donors. He commented on the great atmosphere in the room due to all donors being part of a special community and told them that they should be justly proud of their achievements. He then presented each of the 50 Time Donors with their Gold Drop awards and the Porcelain Pelicans to the 100 Time Donors.
The special guest speaker at the event was Eimear Hardiman from Navan. She is a donor herself since was she was 18 and has tried to donate regularly but sometimes life gets in the way.
She never thought that she would know anyone who would need a transfusion. This all changed when her daughter Clodagh was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Clodagh has required 11 red cell blood transfusions and 6 platelet transfusions and may require more as her treatment continues. Eimear said that blood donations are nothing short of priceless to her family.