Everyone infected and affected by the contaminated blood scandal has a story to tell.
Providing a testimony to the Infected Blood Inquiry is a very courageous act, and we pay tribute to everyone who has submitted evidence so far.
Sir Brian Langstaff, chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry, has pledged to read every witness statement personally and has often appealed for more people to come forward with their experiences, even if it feels like they are very similar to evidence that has already been given.
Speaking at the Inquiry hearings in Edinburgh, Sir Brian said: “Every single story plays a part. One pebble does not make a beach, a lot of pebbles do. A statement may be a pebble, it may be a rock, but all of them have value.”
The Inquiry wants to hear as many stories as possible, fitting each one together like pieces of a jigsaw to build a full picture of what happened and why.
Many members have already given written and oral evidence to the Inquiry, which many have found difficult and traumatic, but also, in some cases, comforting.
Christina McLaughlin gave evidence to the Inquiry in Belfast, along with two of her siblings, about her brother Shea who had severe haemophilia A and died of liver cancer last year as a result of being infected with contaminated blood products. You can read about Christina’s experience of giving evidence here.
To find out more, contact The Society on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7939 0780. You can also contact the Infected Blood Inquiry team at email@example.com or call 0808 1691377.