Blood donor raffle winners announced

Thursday 13 July 2023: Two winners were selected from all new and regular blood donors who donated between June 2022 and June 2023, with prizes from Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. Long-time blood donor Mandy Mizibrocky won a night’s stay, and new blood donor Vanessa Daley won a brunch at the hotel.

“On behalf of the entire Blood Donor Centre, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to Hamilton Princess & Beach Club for their gracious donation of two prizes,” said Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, consultant haematologist. “This act of generosity not only acknowledges the selfless contributions of our blood donors, but also serves as a source of motivation and encouragement for our community. With these prizes, we can recognise and honour those who make a difference in the lives of others through their commitment to blood donation. Hamilton Princess’ support is invaluable in fostering a culture of giving and saving lives. Thank you for standing by us in our mission to provide life-saving transfusions and promote a healthier future for all.”

“We are very proud to support and encourage blood donation,” said Tim Morrison, general manager of Hamilton Princess. “At Hamilton Princess, we believe in being an active participant in the well-being of our community, and this donation aligns perfectly with our values. We hope these prizes not only bring joy to the recipients but also serve as a reminder of the incredible impact one can make by donating blood.”

Ms Mizibrocky was inspired by her sister’s experience in 2011 to become an active blood donor.

“I recognize the importance of contributing to help those who require blood transfusions and continue to donate regularly,” she said. “It hit home when my sister required a blood transfusion after the birth of her twins. I believe that my contribution can save lives and am grateful for the opportunity to help others.”

Ms Daley is our youngest new blood donor winner.

“As a first-time donor, I was nervous when my school (The Berkeley Institute) visited the Blood Donor Centre,” she said. “The opportunity to become an active donor was a chance for me to make a tangible difference in the lives of others. While my heart raced, I knew that my contribution, no matter how small, could potentially save someone’s life. I encourage everyone to overcome their fears and embrace the incredible blood donation journey.”

The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre is located on the first floor of the General Wing at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. The Blood Donor Centre is open from 8:30am to 2:30pm Monday to Thursday, and Friday from 8:30am to 1pm. For information on the eligibility criteria to become a blood donor, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm/be-a-donor/ or call 236-5067 to make an appointment.

Pictured from left: Summer Cox (daughter of Mandy Mizbibrocky, blood donor winner), Vanessa Daley (blood donor winner), Dr Eyitayo Fakunle (consultant haematologist), Dr Marva Phillips-Williams (acting chief of pathology), Mandy Mizibrocky (blood donor winner), Tim Morrison (general manager, Hamilton Princess), Alma Lou Polinar-Swainson (phlebotomy nurse), Lucy Correia (phlebotomy nurse), Susan Deverteuil (phlebotomy nurse) and Roydell Neverson (director of operations, Hamilton Princess)

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Notes to Editors
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With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

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