Joel has given blood 59 times. Each donation can help up to three people so Joel has saved up to 177 lives! One of Joel’s school friends died from sickle cell complications. “He was a young man – only in his early 20s. When I speak to young people I always hammer home the point about sickle cell disease – I’ve only seen black people donating alongside me a few times and we need more.” "My dad couldn’t donate himself but he said ‘if you are going to give, you must give freely’. And that’s the reason I donated. My dad would have given but he couldn’t and if you can give to help someone, you should.” “My son and daughter came with me to donate once and I was apologising to the staff saying ‘are they getting in your way?’ They said ‘no’, keep bringing them and hopefully they will donate one day too’.” #GiveBlood
"To help Rosie through her chemotherapy she received many units of blood and platelets. The difference in her after her transfusions was amazing, the blood really perked her up and gave her the strength to get through treatment." #GiveBlood
"When our triplets were born last October I lost 4 litres of blood. My son Oliver, was born at 2lb 15. We both needed blood transfusions. "My dad’s blood type is O negative and he’s always given blood for as long as I can remember - this week was number 66! "It’s only now that I can fully appreciate the impact of him giving up an hour of his time a few times a year has on people like me and Oliver. "Thanks Dad x" - Katie #GiveBlood #BloodDonation #DoSomethingAmazing
#Repost @simonjthomassky Day 18 of my @bloodwise #30daychallenge involved going on @thismorning to talk about the need for more #bloodcancerawareness with @drzoewilliams and then being set the challenge by @schofe & @hollywilloughby to give blood live on air. 20% of every blood donation goes to treating patients with #bloodcancer & each donation can save up to THREE lives. Giving blood saves lives. Please consider becoming a donor. Head to blood.co.uk to sign up and honestly - it doesn’t hurt!!
"My Grandson needed a transfusion the day he was born. We didn’t realise the significance of this until months later when his HB levels continued to drop. "After extensive investigation it was determined he has a rare condition called Diamond Blackfan Anaemia ❣️ "I give blood whenever I can because of him and I know how appreciative families like ours are for this gift 😊💙" #GiveBlood #DoSomethingAmazing