Donating Blood with the NHS – zero cost, and minimal time!


(Excuse the horrendous photo, I was not in the right frame of mind for posing!)

After three attempts since September (and good intentions for years!), I finally plucked the courage to donate blood!

I HATE needles. I get so anxious whenever I have to have a blood test and always look like a complete baby.

My Mum always donated blood when we were growing up and I know how important it is so I’ve always wanted to go but found every excuse imaginable. Yesterday, I was filling out the form at home and when I answered “yes” to a tattoo in the last 12 months I was hoping that meant I couldn’t go. Turns out, you can donate four months after a tattoo but they will take an extra sample for testing.

I  know it’s not a big deal for a lot of people but I was freaking out! Thankfully, my lovely roommate came for moral support.

If you are healthy, and eligible, please consider donating blood. It’s so easy to register and there is always a huge demand. To register, go to

You can check your eligibility, check your area for venues and make a booking, The staff are so friendly and helpful and you will be looked after really well.

You might not have a lot of free time to volunteer, or money to donate but you may be able to save a life with your blood donation!

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