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On May 17th, I made my 50th blood donation.

I started giving blood soon after I turned 18, having seen National Blood Service stands at airshows. That's twenty years ago now - more than half my life. I've given blood in any number of places, from church halls to mobile units, and much has changed, both in the way the system operates and in my world.

I don't find donating especially pleasant or comfortable, but the time you spend with an actual needle in you is under ten minutes and then you get crisps. The psychological benefits of knowing you've done something positive are huge, as well. I will be keeping the letter the Blood Service sent me with my new badge and card, thanking me for saving or improving at least 100 lives.

It struck me some years ago that '50 donations by the time I'm 40' would be a pretty good life goal, and I'm delighted to have achieved that.

100 by the time I'm 60?



Congrats! :)
Thank you.
Glad to be of service :)
Good work!

I had to give up donating blood because it made me feel unwell for at least 24 hours afterwards.
It seems to get harder as you get older (not that I'm suggesting you're old!). I certainly don't bounce straight up like I used to.
Well done
Thank you!
Woo, congratulations!

I have a much more patchy donation record - I made 25 a while back, but will no way make 50 before August. In fact, I've barely given blood since I stopped commuting to Reading. For some reason, my current work pattern seems to be quite inimical to convenient doning. Must make more effort to chase down a sensible location.
Ah, that's annoying. I'm lucky with my current workplace, because I can take a long lunch and do it in the comfort of the fourth floor of the library, which is perhaps the nicest place I've ever donated.
Well done! Where do you give blood? It's a right faff in Battersea - they only come round every three or four months, and all the appointments get booked up straight away! So only a 10 donations badge for me.
Long ago it was Lewisham Hospital, then I started giving in lunchbreaks near wherever I was working. Currently it's on the fourth floor of Bromley library, which is lovely.
Oh, brava!
I'm really pleased, it is so useful, and giving positive posts like this is good publicity. :)
I hope so! I know a lot of my friends aren't able to give, so I try to publicise it to those who can.
As somebody who has been on the receiving end, I am very, very grateful!
Congrats! That's very cool.
Thank you!
"And then you get crisps" - ha!
Once I would have said 'and then you get Tuc sandwich crackers', but no longer, it seems :(


Huge congratulations. Crisps? I was lucky to get a custard cream :-) I have a pin for 25 units but didn't manage as many as you before they said no more because of the tablets I was taking. You must donate more than twice a year so have my admiration for a job very well done. I, too, would urge anyone able to donate to do so, it is so worthwhile. I am very proud of you.
Auntie Frances
Thank you! A big part of why I want to keep donating is that it requires you to be in good health yourself...

The current way of thinking is that women can donate 3 times a year and men 4 times; used to be 'every 16 weeks, but 12 is OK if that's the only way you can fit an appointment in'.
Well done. I tried to donate blood when I was in Uni but the rep weighed me and decided for my height I was too under weight to donate blood (I was six foot 2 and weighed 7 and a half stone) and I never really got round to doing it again. I suspect I am of sufficient weight now (i say nursing my gut).
It's not too late to give it a go! And that is some impressive underweightness.
Congratulations! I notched up 11 donations a decade ago, then health and sprogs prevented it, and now have an appt coming up (which ive had to cancel twice thanks to health problems).

I'm practically the only person i know who would be allowed to donate, though, and particularly since Shoba's life was saved thanks to over 80 donors and some off-duty surgeons, I want to give it a go again.
Good luck!

80 donors. That's terrifying, but also amazing.
The double red fuzzytoes salutes you and thanks you for all the life-sustaining donations.

Way to go Huskyteer!!!
Thank you, O double red one!