Friday, 15 April 2011
BLOOD DONATION DAY
Giving Blood is an incredible gift, and today I want to help inform, and to encourage you to donate.
Myself, as well as some other Bloggers were approached by Emma Woodhouse and Fiona Kelly to highlight the need for Blood Donation in our country as the donation rates are ridiculously low.
Some people already donate blood.
However, those who don’t tend to fall into two categories: too squeamish or too forgetful.
Both reasons are totally understandable, conquering a phobia of needles or blood is a huge thing to ask, as is scheduling the time for a regular appointment to donate.
It is an astonishing fact that only 4% of the population provides donations of blood for the rest of us.
That’s a lot to expect of so few people.
Especially when this is one of those times when you really can have a massive impact on the lives of others, by doing something so simple.
So, why are we campaigning for this?
Many of us have been affected first-hand by the importance of having a ready supply of blood, and realise how very different life could be without it.
Just stop for a minute and think what might happen if you couldn’t get the blood transfusion that you take for granted will be there.
This is the perfect forum to bring it to the forefront of people’s minds, especially those who have been contemplating donating blood but just haven’t got round to doing it yet.
If you’re physically able to give blood do please try to make time, it can literally make you a lifesaver.
We would love it if donating blood became a regular habit for you, something that is done on a regular basis without giving it a second thought.
In England they will allow you to donate every 12 weeks but recommend every 16 weeks.
In Scotland you can give every 12 weeks.
You can give platelets 8 times a year in England, and every 4 weeks in Scotland.
If you can’t donate then please continue this campaign by asking all those you know who can to make an appointment – ask them to do it now… today, not when they get round to it.
Do read this blog and the associated posts from all of those involved in this campaign.
There will be some very personal stories that we hope may open your eyes to how important blood donors are, and how you never know when you may be the recipient of the blood that these wonderful people give.
If you feel that you are ready to donate blood, please go to the Give Blood website to find your nearest blood donor session.
I haven't a personal story so to speak. I am very fortunate that I have never required a Blood Transfusion.
But I was a Staff Nurse in the NHS for 14 years, and transfusing Blood was a very regular if not daily occurence, often in emergent situations.
From this experience, I saw first hand how incredibly important it is that Blood be available.
Lives were saved, and families were spared the trauma of loss through an action that is so simple.
If you are able, please do all that you can to help.
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