‘My blood will save three lives, that’s a great feeling’
- Credit: Nigel Sutton
Investigations journalist EMMA YOULE gives blood for the first time.
Like many people I have never donated blood. It’s something I’ve thought about over the years but just never got around to. So when I’m offered the chance to attend a session at a local church hall, I jump at the opportunity.
There are donors of all ages there and it’s a hive of activity. On arrival I’m given a medical questionnaire to fill in, quick and easy, although I have to call my mum to check the odd detail and am sent to eat a sandwich as you shouldn’t give blood on an empty stomach.
Next a nurse takes a tiny pin-prick of blood from my middle finger to test for iron levels before I’m given the all clear to donate.
There is a mild stinging sensation as the needle is placed into my left arm. But I don’t feel faint or light-headed, the commonest fear among new donors.
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Within minutes I’ve given a unit of blood which I’m told will save three lives. I wonder when an hour of my time last made such a difference. The session ends with a 10 minute rest and an array of free biscuits. They taste all the sweeter for having helped someone in need.
To find your local donor session visit my.blood.co.uk/Home
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