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To ask all those who can to donate blood.

(143 Posts)
HadABadDay2014 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:32:13

http://www.blood.co.uk/index.aspx

Only 4% of adults give blood, which is a shocking number.

I understand not every one can for their own reasons.

Please give of you can.

HadABadDay2014 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:32:25
OddBoots Mon 24-Feb-14 22:33:29

I'm on the reject pile but I agree; it would be good if more people who could, did.

HadABadDay2014 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:36:11

Oddboots not going ask ask why, because it's none of my business.

However it highlights that not every one can and those who can should consider doing so.

HarpyFishwifeTwat Mon 24-Feb-14 22:38:16

I always feel so guilty that I can't give blood, especially since having a transfusion. Always wanted to do it but when I turned up to donate they literally couldn't get any out of my veins so sent me away. Now I can't even try again.

TallulahBetty Mon 24-Feb-14 22:39:05

I give 3-4 times a year smile

bodybooboo Mon 24-Feb-14 22:40:24

me, dh and dss do. both dds anaemic do not able but hope to.

really wish more people would as it's so easy and a real feel good factor.

OddBoots Mon 24-Feb-14 22:40:25

I did donate for year, 25 donations if I remember rightly but then I was a host surrogate and they don't let you if you have had IVF using another woman's egg. I'm still on the organ donor register and the bone marrow register, I haven't checked to see if I am still acceptable to them, I don't really want to know as it would really upset me if I'm not.

My dh gives still though and ds wants to in a couple of year. My dad gives platelets every few weeks.

HadABadDay2014 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:41:18

Don't feel guilty if you are not able to.

I wish I could thank the person who saved my nieces life almost 16 years ago with out that blood she would of died. She was born 9 weeks premature.

HadABadDay2014 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:44:11

Oddboots, it amazes me how a women can carry a baby for another women.

Meerkatwhiskers Mon 24-Feb-14 22:45:08

I would but they never have appointments round here for months in advance. I have in the past. I will try to book another one tomorrow xx

NoodleOodle Mon 24-Feb-14 22:46:20

I would if I could. There have been various reasons why not over the years, like time since having tattoo etc., but I've always been too small to do it. There is a minimum weight. I don't see why they can't just take half a pint from the pint sized people, surely that would be better than nothing? Am about to get another tattoo anyway, so that'll keep me off the list again anyway.

One of my friends was banned for his sexuality. He got it overturned somehow, I don't know what he wrote in the letter but he's now legally allowed to do it so, there are ways if sexuality is holding anyone back.

HadABadDay2014 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:48:09

I wish there was a mobile blood donating van in every supermarket on a Saturday.

To my knowledge donations run Monday till Friday, if there was a weekend service then more people could donate.

AlbertoFrog Mon 24-Feb-14 22:55:52

DH and I are in competition with each other to see who can give the most. He overtook me while I was pregnant with and then breastfeeding DS grrrr.

It's the only time I get to lie down without DS jumping on me and I get tea and chocolate biscuits too so I actually look forward to it.

I really should get out more blush

HadABadDay2014 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:56:49

I love the tea and biscuits after.

GreenSunrise Mon 24-Feb-14 22:56:53

I am not good with blood, needles etc and so always chickened out of giving blood in the past. Then I needed two platelet transfusions just before my son was born to save both of our lives. I am not allowed to give blood now because of having the transfusions and I wish I had been braver when I was younger and given blood when I could. I am incredibly grateful to everyone who is generous to give blood.

GoodnessIsThatTheTime Mon 24-Feb-14 22:57:34

I'd echo the plea.

donated blood saved my life and I'm always grateful.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Mon 24-Feb-14 22:58:02

I have done for years, but it's harder now that they've cut back on small local donation places. Also timings have changed to afternoons, which makes it hard when they open at 2pm and school run is at 3.15pm.
DS is old enough to come with me and sit still at 7yrs, so I will try again.

Last time I donated - just before Christmas, I couldn't book a suitable time slot, so I chanced it and went as a walk in. The reception nurse implied that they are so well attended that they didn't need to increase availability for donations.

HadABadDay2014 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:59:35

I am liking these examples. It shows how important blood donations are.

ConfusedDotty Mon 24-Feb-14 23:01:06

I donated for years and years, I am 0 negative so I got called back to donate extra. I had a blood transfusion last year so I can no longer donate. Well done to all of you who donate, I wish I still could.

Nancy66 Mon 24-Feb-14 23:03:19

where I donate blood we get Kettle Crisps and Twix Bars - more than worth it in my book!

Meerkatwhiskers Mon 24-Feb-14 23:04:10

I used to do it at a mobile van at work but I left that job 4 years ago now. I am now a student nurse and the hours I work and the fact we don't have them at the hospital (go figure!) makes it much harder. I have tried though. Honest.

Mama1980 Mon 24-Feb-14 23:04:55

I always post on these threads to thank those who give blood. I had ds1 at 26 weeks following a car crash, I had my second son at 24 weeks due to continued complications. We all nearly died, between us we had dozens of blood transfusions so if you donate blood you quite literally saved us and I am very grateful.

Meerkatwhiskers Mon 24-Feb-14 23:05:07

I'm a+ so not like I'm really really desperately needed anyway.

Meerkatwhiskers Mon 24-Feb-14 23:06:03

Well I am but not a rare blood type if you get what I mean blush

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