How to Help

If you are diagnosed with cancer in a biobank network hospital, you may be asked before the procedure if you would be willing to have small samples from your operation specimen donated to the biobank for research. You will receive information describing how the process works, as well as a consent form to review. Donating your samples is entirely voluntary. Whether or not you decide to donate, there is no difference to the surgical procedure. Your samples cannot be taken unless you give written consent (permission). Your samples will be used to benefit others with your disease, but you are free to withdraw your consent at any time thereafter.

Unfortunately, depending on biobank staffing in the hospital, the opportunity to donate samples may not be available to all patients.

All donations will be used for promoting and developing biobanks in Irish hospitals. Your financial contribution may be used for purchasing a biobank, laboratory equipment or IT equipment, or might support temporary, part time or fulltime biobank personnel.

We would greatly appreciate your help, to show that linking hospital biobanks in the early phase of an active biobank network will demonstrate proof of principle successfully in Ireland, as in Spain and Wales. Even when the network is completed with government support, there will undoubtedly be funding gaps, and voluntary, private sector, and philanthropic donations will be very welcome.

Volunteers can help promote awareness and raise money for Biobank Ireland by running fundraising events. Events like golf classics, table quizzes and raffles are always great fun, and we can help you with the planning. Email info@biobank.ie T: 01 2500050.

You may bring potential patrons on board for your event. The participation of patrons and celebrities raises the profile of well-attended events.

Feel sporty? Start exercising and get fit! Set your self a goal and raise money for Biobank Ireland at the same time! There are a number of races and fun runs in your area. When you have entered, give us a call in the office and we will send you out a Biobank t-shirt and sponsorship cards. As an extra challenge, predict your time and see how close you are come race day!