I realise that donating blood may not be an ordinary moment for many, but for me it’s a quick easy thing to do that always leaves me feeling like I’ve done a good deed. With over half of all blood donations being used to help people who have terminal illnesses, it really is so important to me especially given what we have been through as a family the past few years.
I started donating blood about six years ago. My Grandad regularly donated and after he passed away in 2008, I felt the need to take over. Our local leisure centre runs sessions and it’s very simple that you turn up and are seen within the hour. Luckily, I am able to donate and am not afraid of needles.
The last two times I have attended, my sister has come with me. If you know my sister, she can get very anxious about things so for her to even think about donating was a huge deal. When she did donate I was absolutely amazed as I thought her fears would overtake; I felt really proud that we were doing something together that was so good and know my Mom and Grandad would be so proud.
It’s lovely to have someone to donate with and I can’t think of a more rewarding way to spend an hour. It’s not something many people think of to do, but it really is such a rewarding think to do. It’s so easy to make an appointment; you choose your venue, date and time online and that’s it. Your donation could save someone’s life. I wrote a post a few years ago about what it’s like to give blood incase you wondered what happens at the session. Why not look into it after reading my post? Go on. Why not, you literally could save someone’s life.