Give blood

I’m not really in the habit of posting things that aren’t related to honeymoons and travel, but Emma Woodhouse, who you’ll remember from these two posts, and photographer Fiona Kelly have arranged for a number of bloggers to post about the important issue of blood donation today, and I feel honoured to be able to take part.

And, perhaps surprisingly, this does link in with travel, and my post yesterday about keeping healthy on honeymoon. If you don’t get vaccinated and you pick up a nasty illness while you’re away, you may find that you’re no longer able to give blood. So, aside from getting ill, which is bad enough in itself, you’ll also be stopping yourself from doing something really good and helpful. And besides, you never know when you or someone you love might need a bit of extra blood.

Please take a few moments to read what  Emma and Fiona have to say about giving blood:

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. 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.

A shout out to the other fabulous bloggers involved today:

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