When my son was ill with a liver tumour and friends wanted to help I wanted to make them feel they were helping ease our pain in some way. Once I had exhausted the shopping and lift giving which were of course very helpful, I realised that blood donation would be highly worthwhile especially as our son had had lots of blood products. Blood and platelet transfusions were happening on a regular basis as well as some lesser known blood products which were of crucial value to him. Many of our friends began to donate blood. This is a fairly easy thing to do and costs no money to the individual.
Sadly, our son lost his battle and passed away eighteen years ago. At his funeral we asked people to give blood. We now hold blood donor sessions three times a year in conjunction with the National Blood Service and our son's memory lives on through blood donation.
Please give blood. If your child is ill or has sadly passed away it really is a special thing to ask friends and relatives to give blood.
National Blood Service:
Tel: 0300 123 23 23