Giving a great gift

Blood donation. Not the obvious gift to give at this time of year but one I hope you will all think about giving. Tomorrow I’ll be going along to my local session for my 16th donation.

I first starting giving blood at uni, spurred on after a friend of mine sadly passed away just before I started at Falmouth back in 2007. She had cancer and the last time I had visited her in hospital she was being given blood. Before then it hadn’t even occurred to me how many donations the NHS might need to help all the people in need.

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Some things about giving blood:

  • The nursing staff are super lovely.
  • There are snacks and stickers after.
  • You’ll feel super proud of yourself after, if it’s your 1st or 15th donation.
  • You can donate if you are between 17 and 66 years old, and fit and healthy.
  • Men can donate every 3 months, women every 4 months – those chaps regenerate their blood cells quicker! Lucky them!

There is loads more information about donating, what’s involved and how you go about registering on or if you have any questions for me let me know.


Save a life

So I donate blood, and as often as I can. I am always surprised by how few people I know actually have even ever thought about donating.

I was prompted to start donating when a friend of my sister and I was going through cancer treatment. Visiting her in hospital, I saw that she was hooked up having a blood transfusion. Until then it hadn’t occurred to me how many people need blood for so many different reasons.

Women can only donate every 4 months, and you have to be in good health and not have had any tattoos or piercings for 6 months, and if you’ve been on holiday somewhere exciting in the world, you might have to wait up to a year to donate.

What all those things add up to as far as I can tell is a shortage in donors. So could you help?


Today was my 12th donation, and I will be booking again for later this year. If you have any questions about donating there is lots of info here: