Giving blood saves lives! Many people would not be alive today, if donors had not generously given their blood. Currently, around half of blood donors are over forty-five years old and they need more young people to start giving blood.
It is National Blood Week this week and this is my story of how I was inspired to give blood! #ImThere
“My name is Becca Duffy and I am the marketing apprentice at BCS. When I was twelve years old, I was rushed into hospital and I lost a serious amount of blood. I was sent to Ashford hospital and they had my blood type in the lab, ready for me. Luckily, I didn’t need a blood transfusion. From that moment on, I thought as soon I could give blood, I would.
On the 14th June 2017, I went to the New Life Family Church, Margate and gave my first blood donation. My Dad came with me, who to had never given blood before. When we both walked in, we were greeted by a lovely lady who took our names and asked us to read through a few documents before going in to see the nurse. I was called into talk to the nurse, who explained the whole process of giving blood. She then took a drop of blood from my finger to test my iron levels.
After the health screening, I had to go and sit down and drink 500ml of water, before being called in to give blood. The lovely nurse checked both of my arms to see which was the best arm to use. The blood was then collected in a bag with my unique blood donor number. I gave 470ml of blood, which is just under a pint! Once all the blood was collected, a buzzer went off and a nurse came to dress my arm.
I sat down for about ten minutes afterwards with some juice and a biscuit. My Dad and I took an hour out of our day, to save a life. It was such an amazing feeling knowing I had given something back and all the nurses were lovely. I will definitely be doing it again!”
If you are interested and would like to give blood, do something amazing and register today!
Use the hashtag #ImThere on social media to share your story.