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National Blood Week

Blood donor

If you have ever had a relative who needed a blood transplant to save their life, you will know how precious a gift it is to give blood. 

I am ashamed to say that it took me years to build up the courage to go.  And I only did it because my father needed a transfusion and if everyone was as cowardly as me, he wouldn’t have had it.  So I’ve been doing it for some years now.  I take a good book with me, a bottle of Evian (you have to be well hydrated) and I’m good to go.  On the pain scale it is much lower than you think – maybe a four out of ten and only for a second or two.  And you get biscuits afterwards too! 

Apparently hospitals are supplied with around 7,000 units of blood every day.  To achieve this, they need to recruit nearly 200,000 new donors every year. 

Other facts which may interest you:

  • each unit of blood donated is split into its constituent parts, and can save up to three lives
  • the number of regular blood donors has fallen by 23% over the past decade
  • the minimum age for blood donation is 17 years (650,000 people will turn 17 in the next 12 months!)

I can’t say that giving blood is the most fun thing I’ve ever done, but I can say it’s one of the most rewarding.  You never know whose life you are saving. 

So if you would like to be a part, do visit www.blood.co.uk.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2014

Tricia Woolfrey is an integrative therapist, an advanced clinical hypnotherapist, master practitioner in NLP, nutritionist and author, and utilises bioenergetics to help you be the best you can be.  She has practices in Surrey and Harley Street, London.  She can be reached on 0845 130 0854 www.yourempoweredself.co.uk.