I didn’t know, until I received an email today, that this week is National Blood Week. I’ve donated 52 units (they used to say pints, but it’s slightly less than that now) and am lucky that I can give without any difficulty – easy to find veins and no tendency to fainting – so I feel that I should give as much as I can.
The email I received is urging donors to ‘spread the word’, so I am. Here it is:
Did you know that we supply hospitals with around 7,000 units of blood every day? Or that, in order to continue to meet that demand, we must recruit nearly 200,000 new donors every year?
As a valued blood donor yourself, there’s a good chance that you did know – but we’re willing to be that many of your friends and colleagues don’t!
That’s why this year, as part of our National Blood Week celebrations, we’re asking donors to share these facts with anyone they know who might be interested in blood donation, to help us to continue to recruit the new donors we need. Facts like:
- each unit of blood donated is split into its constituent parts, and can save up to three lives
- the number of regular blood donors had fallen by 23% over the past decade
- the minimum age for blood donations is 17 years (650,000 people will turn 17 in the next 12 months!)
So if you know someone who you think might be interested in giving blood, please forward this email to them or tell them to visit us at http://www.blood.co.uk
Thanks again for your continued commitment.
I was really surprised to read that the number of donors has fallen – I certainly haven’t noticed a dropping off of numbers when I go. However, I do know that one thing has changed since I started donating umpteen years ago when I was at college – after making your donation you have to have a drink and a biscuit before you are allowed to leave, and about five years ago they stopped offering my favourite biscuits – Tuc Cheese Sandwich. It was the only reason I went! 😉
Here’s a clip from an old, nay ancient, Tony Hancock TV sketch called The Blood Donor. It might amuse you.