When it comes to being scared of things, for me, the list is endless; spiders, heights, public speaking. Literally anything you can think of, at one time or another, I was probably scared of… but nothing even comes close to my fear of needles. I don’t know whether it’s the thought of them breaking through my skin which scares me, or that I associate them with hospitals/doctors/something being wrong, but whatever it is, they are my biggest fear. Correction;
They were my biggest fear.
Last semester I was looking into ways that the RAG society (Raising and Giving) could improve people’s lives with limited funds to begin with. After looking through different fundraising websites I stumbled onto the NHS- Give Blood campaign and realised that I could help people in more ways than giving money. Anyway, I registered, went and gave blood (which is not as bad as I thought it would be) and I have recently signed up to give it again.
I found out that my blood group is O RhD positive, which I share with 37% of the population and can be given to anyone who is RhD positive (regardless of their blood group) – and that’s a staggering 83% of people. So, I may not be making scientific discoveries or changing the world, but I am proud that somewhere out there; a baby, a cancer patient, anyone, will still be alive because of me.
Anyway, I just wanted to fill you in on my (very small, yet proud) accomplishment, as well as hopefully inspiring you to try it. With local blood collections happening all around the UK, you don’t have to wait until you arrive in Ormskirk to help, you can start today in your local community!
Feel free to check out http://www.blood.co.uk/index.aspx
DON’T FORGET UCAS DEADLINE IS ON THE 15TH OF JANUARY 2015!
Until next time…