As we approach the summertime and the human race becomes active once again, it is inevitable that accidents will happen. With thousands of serious accidents in Britain every year the number of people needing blood is surely set to soar.
As I made my blood donation this week I felt I should try to help even more by encouraging everyone eligible to go and donate. This is my plea.
It takes less than an hour to go to a donor centre, fill out a simple form, and make a donation. This single bag of blood is painless to give and costs nothing, but it can change lives and very often, it can save them.
Sheffield donor centre, in Church Street, is a large and modern donation clinic right near the centre of town and offers a nearby opportunity for everyone to donate. As I gave my donation I looked around me and found that it’s not only blood we can donate. Blood platelets are also needed in a huge bid to help cancer patients.
I watched as the machines effortlessly done their work on the willing donors and was fascinated by how easy it is to save a life. Yet despite this easy process which takes less than one hour every four months, most of us still don’t donate.
Why would people choose not to help others, when they are so perfectly eligible? 53% of blood donations are used to treat people with Cancer or leukaemia. 1 in 3 of us are affected by cancer at some point in our lives. But less than 5 percent of people, who can do so, will actually give blood.
This means that essentially most off the population is more than willing to receive blood and be saved, but a minimal amount of unaccredited heroes are willing to actually give. The government cannot force the nation to donate blood, platelets, bone marrow or organs, but if you donate you can literally save a life. (facebook support link)
My plea to anyone who reads this is to make even one donation to the blood services, you’re family or friends may one day need this blood, and if there was none for them, how would you feel? If you passed a dying man in the street I’m confident that you would help, but just because you cannot see these victims, doesn’t mean you still cant help.
You don’t know whose hero you will be, but it’s easy to sign up to these services and takes so little effort, for more information on becoming a donor visit http://www.blood.co.uk/