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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Do you give blood? Have you ticked that box that makes you an organ donor? How about stem cells? These are some of the most important, vital and life-changing decisions that we as human beings can make, yet we still continue to ignore it and go about our daily lives. I remember when I was a young girl, my dad used to go and give blood all the time. I remember being so confused and feeling scared that he was going to come back with no blood inside his body(Naive I know)! Naivety aside I was also immensely proud of him for doing such a selfless and honorable deed, he was potentially saving someone's life. Sadly my dad was one of the many few from the black community who did donate. With only 0.5% of Black African and Carribeans and 0.4% Mixed race white and black African and Caribbeans donating blood in the last year. I was so shocked when I read these figures and actually, a little sad. My cousin was recently diagnosed with sickle cell disease, which often require blood transfusions for the sufferer to survive and I would never ever want her to be in the position of not being able to get the transfusion she needed because of the lack of donations from within the black community.

As human beings, a lot of the time, we trundle on through life as if we're on auto pilot, just going about our daily lives forgetting about the extraneous variables which can have a tremendous impact on our lives. Sometimes we forget that disease exists, sometimes we forget that war exists and sometimes I'm sure we all do this - we forget that death exists. I won't lie to you, I am 100% guilty of this, but it's important that we take sometime to remember and to do our bit for our fellow humans!

This Black History Month the NHS are on the hunt for more organ donors from the black communities and are urging them to 'be there for their communities'. To do this they are spreading the awareness with organisations like Capital Xtra, social media campaigns and much more. Below is a very powerful video written by the amazingly talented George the Poet, explaining the need for more donations. Now this is where you guys come in, I would love for you guys to share this video, comment etc. in the hope that we can create more awareness around the need for more black donors. And if you're looking to go the extra mile why not register to give blood, become an organ or stem cell donor and help save more lives!

For more information on this campaign, click here. *This video is in collaboration with Share it quick however all words and opinions are completely my own :)

I am definitely feeling a lot more inspired to become a donor now, are you?

Have you ever donated blood, organs or stem cells? Did you feel inspired by the video?
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4 comments:

  1. This is a really lovely post and an amazing thing to write about. I would love to give blood but I usually pass out so it's not something I can do easily, however I do want to in the future! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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    1. Yes me too! I am going to definitely make it my priority to do so by the end of the year though! Thank you for your lovely comment! :)

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  2. This was such a wonderful post! Thank you for bringing attention to a serious problem! My work puts together a blood drive about 4 times a year and I donate every chance I can. This was one of the best posts I've read, love your blog! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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    1. Oh wow that's such an amazing thing that your workplace does, it really is so important to donate! Thank you so much Kim, you always leave such lovely comments! :)

      Heather Xx

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