These three reasons alone should be enough to convince you surely ?
If not then how about these three:
- 2 million donations are needed every year in order to maintain stocks of blood
- That's 200,000 new donors every year
- 96% of people rely on the 4% of us who donate blood.
I will share the advice he gave that helped me. Tell them it's your first donation and that you are nervous / scared of needles / a big old baby. The staff who work for the blood donation service are amazing and very kind and reassuring.
Of course I've tried to persuade Hubbie to give despite his pathalogical fear of needles and the sight of blood (I have no idea how he coped with the birth of our son, but I guess adrenaline helped). So far he has made it as far as sitting on the chairs while I filled out the forms. I'm working on getting him to stay in the room long enough to join me for tea and biscuits.
It's National Blood Week this week: http://www.blood.co.uk/campaigns/national-blood-week/
If you already give blood - well done and thank you.
If you don't then please remember that some people can't donate so if you can please do think about it.