Friends of the Cancer Centre puts blood donation in the frame

Monday, 14 June 2021

Today is World Blood Donor Day and we are delighted to announce that Friends of the Cancer Centre is teaming up with the NI Blood Transfusion Service, highlighting the integral link between vital blood donations and cancer care.


We all know how vital blood can be in our hospitals and in emergency situations, but did you know that many people with cancer will also need life-saving blood and platelet transfusions?  Different types of cancer, and cancer treatment itself, can affect the body’s ability to produce blood cells which means that many patients will need a transfusion of red blood cells or platelets.  It is only thanks to the generosity of local people who roll up their sleeve and donate that people with cancer can receive this life-saving treatment.  Our neighbours at the Blood Transfusion Service are located just a short walk from the Cancer Centre, and play a vital role in supplying hospitals and clinical units, including the Cancer Centre, with vital blood products. 


We will be working closely the NI Blood Transfusion Service to give you a glimpse at how your generosity in donating blood, and in giving to the work of Friends of the Cancer Centre, impacts hundreds of cancer patients each year.   


This World Blood Donor Day we are also calling on you to donate blood or platelets if you can.  To find out more about how to donate please visit


Stay tuned to our website and socila media as we share insights into the vital role blood and platelet donations play in cancer care.

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We’re always in need of volunteers to help in our office, at events or in their own local community, so if you have time to spare and would like to get involved, please get in touch to find out more.