As it was World Blood Donor Day on Thursday 14th June, I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about the topic of donating blood. This obviously isn’t my own story – it’s Danny’s. So here are the questions I asked him…
When did you decide to give blood and why?
As soon as I knew I was old enough I decided to give blood. I was 16 or 17-years-old.
How many donations have you given?
To date, I’ve given 18 donations – this includes donating platelets. To give a whole blood count, it’s every 3 months for men and every 4 months for women.
How do you feel about giving platelets?
I prefer to give them rather than whole blood now because I have A- blood type which means I’m eligible for platelet donation. 60% of platelet donation go to patients with cancer. And group A platelets can be given to all ABO blood groups.
What are the best places/people that your blood has been donated to that you’re aware of?
All blood donated goes to good places that need it. But knowing it goes to a prenatal ward is a good feeling. Oh and an A&E department too.
Do you think you’ll always give blood given that your health is maintained?
Yes. As long as I can I will because you never know who needs help. And you never know if one day, I’ll need it too.
What would you say to people who are considering to donate their blood for the first time?
Do it. It’s a great feeling knowing you can and that you’re doing something amazing. And what have you got to lose? Ask if you can give platelets. You can give them every 2 weeks and 1 donation goes to 3 adults or 12 children.
Danny hasn’t donated for a while plus he couldn’t when he was on antibiotics. But he hopes to return to the blood donor centre in Manchester very soon. Visit the NHSBT website to see if you can give blood and where the nearest donation centre is near you.