Ladies Camogie team pledge to donate blood

Players from the John Mitchel’s camogie team who have pledged to give blood

Players from the John Mitchel’s camogie team who have pledged to give blood

Giving blood is a cause very close to the heart for members of the John Mitchel’s camogie team.

With girls in the talented Birmingham team both working and studying in the professions of nursing, medicine, radiography and physiotherapy the value of blood donation is something that is truly appreciated.

As individuals the players have gained much from being part of a team and learning the skills of the ancient Irish game, so choosing to donate blood as a team represented the perfect gesture when it came to giving something back.

For player Alice Healy helping the Blood Service has added significance.

She said: “On a personal note a wonderful lady and friend of mine, Kelly Jackson, was about to begin training with us last year before an accident where she needed many units of blood.

“Kelly is incredibly positive setting up a website www.kellyssmile.com. This is to support burns and amputee patients. “Nothing combines the two at the minute but she is trying.

“I’m delighted Kelly was able to come along to support JM Camógs Give Blood and that the girls were all able to support her.”

NHS Give Blood representative Karen Healy visited the girls’ weekly training session in Shirley Park to meet those who pledged to donate.

Karen’s mother, Ann Healy, has given years of service to John Mitchel’s hurlers and also works for the NHS Blood Service. Coincidentally when Cáit Nee, Eva Hicks, Alice Quinn and Emma Carroll first approached Karen, timing couldn’t have been better as www.blood.co.uk had just finished their National Blood Week campaign:

Karen said: “This year we are encouraging people to join ‘The Greatest Team in the World’ by signing up as donors.

“And with a great summer of sport we have been asking people to donate around the World Cup, Wimbledon, the Commonwealth Games and other events expected to have an impact on the number of people attending sessions.”

John Mitchel’s camogie trainer John Bergin said: “Huge credit to the girls who have spearheaded the team effort. League captain and the team’s longest serving player Alice Quinn has extra appreciation for the value of blood donation

“On the field of play the girls have won all league and championship games to date this year through determined effort and team spirit.

“Their efforts to promote blood donation is not necessarily a campaign aimed at changing the world.

“A humble achievement of a small change through a team effort and the possibility of just a few considering to donate for the first time would be a goal achieved.”