Freisenbruch Meyer wins Corporate Blood Drive Competition 2021

Monday 14 June 2021: The Ministry of Health and Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) are very pleased to announce that Freisenbruch Meyer has won the 2021 Corporate Blood Drive Competition. This is their second consecutive win.

The Corporate Blood Drive Competition this year was between eleven companies, who collectively raised 235 blood and 16 apheresis donations in the year running from June 2020 to June 2021, a total of 251 donations.

The second company was Lancashire Re, and third was Butterfield & Vallis. The other competing companies include: the Bermuda Police Service, Department of Health, Department of Corrections, Fidelity, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Kitson Group of Companies, Pearman Washington and Renaissance Re.

This announcement is being made on World Blood Donor Day 2021, which this year Bermuda is helping launch for the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) region, along with Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Click here for a short video that celebrates the Freisenbruch Meyer win, and click here for an interview with Dr Ayoola Oyinloye, Bermuda’s Chief Medical Officer, and Andy Wright, CEO of Freisenbruch Meyer.

Mr Wright comments: “We are so proud to win the Corporate Blood Drive Competition for the second year running. This win is very much a reflection of the commitment of our employees, and I want to recognise them and thank them for continuing to give through a challenging year for us all. The competition is a way for us to support our employees, raise morale and give back to the community. I hope more companies will join in the friendly competition for next year. We are ready!”

Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, consultant haematologist overseeing the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre at BHB, comments: “I would like to thank the companies and their employees. We saw a sharp drop in the number of companies competing compared to 2020 when 22 companies took place due the pandemic, but the companies who did participate and their employees truly have made a difference. The theme of World Blood Donor Day this year is ‘Give blood and keep the world beating’. Our appreciation goes all our donors, as well as all those in the Corporate Blood Drive Competition. You have ensured life-saving transfusions kept Bermuda hearts beating this year.”

Dr Oyinloye comments: “Congratulations to Freisenbruch Meyer, and all participating companies. This competition has run against a backdrop of the pandemic, with more staff working from home, and changing restrictions. We recognise this might have made donating harder for everyone so I salute the companies who still signed up and especially their staff who continued to attend, and all donors who have kept coming in to save lives. The pandemic doesn’t change the fact that we have emergencies and people with conditions who need treatments that need blood and apheresis donations. Thank you, donors – you are honorary members of the essential services, continuing to give to care for our community through it all.”

Companies who want to join in the 2022 Bermuda Corporate Blood Drive can call 236-5067 or email blood.donor@bhb.bm.

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Notes to Editors
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

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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