First and foremost I need to tell you now, this isn’t a photography post. Last month two amazing people came together on Twitter to promote the idea of giving blood and get the message out there to as many people as possible. I also have a close friend, Sarah, who I massively admire for regularly giving blood and whenever she goes I always promise myself that I’ll book an appointment and go and donate too. Like many of us though this thought is forgotten as quickly as it arrives and it’s not something that I’ve ever done. Yet.
Following their late night conversation these two ladies got together and asked a load of bloggers (including me) to put a post out today to spread the word and see if between us we can encourage more people to donate.
Now some people already give blood. However, those who don’t, like me, tend to fall into one of two categories: too squeamish or too forgetful. Both reasons are totally understandable, conquering a phobia of needles or blood is a huge thing to ask, as is scheduling the time for a regular appointment to donate.
It is an astonishing fact that only 4% of the population provides donations of blood for the rest of us. That’s a lot to expect of so few people. Especially when this is one of those times when you really can have a massive impact on the lives of others, by doing something so simple.
So, why are we all campaigning for this? Many of us have been affected first-hand by the importance of having a ready supply of blood, and realise how very different life could be without it. Just stop for a minute and think what might happen if you couldn’t get the blood transfusion that you take for granted will be there.This is the perfect forum to bring it to the forefront of people’s minds, especially those who have been contemplating donating blood but just haven’t got round to doing it yet.
If you’re physically able to give blood do please try to make time, it can literally make you a lifesaver. We would love it if donating blood became a regular habit for you, something that is done on a regular basis without giving it a second thought. If you can’t donate then please continue this campaign by asking all those you know who can to make an appointment – ask them to do it now… today, not when they get round to it.
Once you’ve finishing reading this please read the associated posts from all of those involved in this campaign. There will be some very personal stories that we hope may open your eyes to how important blood donors are and how you never know when you may be the recipient of the blood that these wonderful people give. The stories I’ve heard have certainly opened my eyes and made me book that time in.
If you feel that you are ready to donate blood, please go to the Give Blood website to find your nearest blood donor session. And thank you.
And seeing as I can’t really end a post without putting a photo up here is the pretty awesome Sarah (and the equally wonderful Joe) on their recent engagement shoot…