I gave blood for the 18th time on Tuesday. Not bad considering you can’t start till you’re 17 and you can only donate 3 times a year.
Hardly anyone gives blood – only 5% of people who can, do. Why not? It takes less than a hour each time. It’s only three times a year and you are helping to save a life with every donation. It hurts a little, yes, but not much at all and it’s over very quickly. Most people don’t experience any negative reactions. They are possible, of course, but the staff are well-trained and will take care of you if you need it.
All you have to do is fill in a health questionnaire, answer a few questions while you get your finger pricked (you barely feel this – it’s to test if you have enough iron in your blood) then give the actual donation.
If you or someone you loved had an accident or an illness which required blood, you’d expect there to be as much blood as was needed available to transfuse into them. It has to come from somewhere. It comes from people like you. Ordinary people who stop off while shopping or make a trip after work.
Make an appointment. Visit http://www.blood.co.uk. You’ll be saving someone’s life.