16 May, 2017 @ 12:07
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Mallorca blood bank at full stock following Olive Press campaign for cancer-stricken daughter of British expat family

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THANK YOU: Mum Sarah with Serena
THANK YOU: Mum Sarah with Serena

THE British mother of a cancer-stricken 11-year-old has praised expats and locals for a spate in blood donations. 

It comes after the Olive Press launched a campaign for anyone in Mallorca who was eligible and had O Negative blood to donate as much as possible.

Sarah Gorman’s daughter Serena Chappell, born in Marbella, fell ill a few weeks ago and was diagnosed with Leukemia at Son Espases hospital.

But it soon emerged there was a desperately low supply of her blood type and few British people are eligible to donate due to a ruling over Mad Cow disease.

Her father John Chappell, 34, appealed to big-hearted Olive Press readers to come to the rescue.

“The reaction has been amazing,” mum Sarah told the Olive Press, “the blood bank has gone from five days stock to full stock.

“Thank you all so much, keep giving as there is always someone who needs this, it isn’t just for my baby but for everyone out there.”

While the stock is now full the family are asking people to let themselves be known to the hospital so that they can be contacted when more blood is needed.

Serena is recovering from her first round of chemotherapy.

“She’s very up and down,” Sarah said, “She gets fed up easily and wants to see her friends, but no visits are allowed yet.”

Serena will face another bout of chemo in the coming weeks.

Anyone with O Negative blood who wishes to be available to donate, contact Son Espases hospital on  871205000 or go to the Blood Bank / Donation centre at Carrer de Rosselló i Caçador, 20, 07004 Palma (971764433).





Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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