Share your Life; Give blood


On Sunday night I was ill…horribly ill…and I’m still very shaky and shivery; drinking hot lemon with honey, chicken soup and cancelling yesterday’s planned Chinese New Year banquet in favour of feeding Small Boy fish finger butties eaten whilst curled up on the sofa under an electric blanket.

As a consequence I had to postpone today’s blood giving appointment.

Whilst I was booking a new date last night I was struck by the words we in this country use for the donation of blood.

We don’t sell it or swap it or barter it.

We give it.

The UK blood donation site itself is simply called “Give Blood

In this essential, life saving act people all over the country are sharing with their communities and neighbours with no expectation of reward.

We are sharing our lives in the most basic way possible.

And that is hugely powerful.

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  • Reply February 9, 2016


    Dear Ouissi,
    Thank you for this post today. Having been the recipient of donated blood for two emergency situations in the past three years, I stand as an example of what a gift donating blood is. Words cannot express my gratitude to those who made it possible for me to be here today. Blood donations save lives, plain and simple.

    Happy to be here today,

    • Reply February 9, 2016


      I’m happy you’re here today too ;) I come from a long line of 0- universal blood donors so it’s normal for me and I too have had to have blood twice…it is essential xx

    • AFAICT you’ve covered all the bases with this answer!

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