As I am typing this blog post, I can look down at my right arm and in the crook of it, there are some little needle mark scars. They're very tiny but they mean a lot to me. These little marks mean that I'm a blood donor and I'm very proud to say that I do this.
I started donating blood when a friend of a friend was very sick and was needing regular transfusions. She needed lots of new blood just to stay alive and, like most of us, you never think about where the blood comes from until it's suddenly very important. I started donating then and I guess, I've become a bit of a junkie. I go every four months and yes, I still get a little nervous beforehand but donating blood isn't about me. It's about the person who I'll never know who needs a tiny bit of something I have to help them. Yes, I don't really love being 'plumbed in' but frankly, you can stick almost anything for 15 minutes and when those 15 minutes could save someone's life, save a family from losing someone important, save someone from pain, I would happily donate every day if I could.
So today, like other wedding bloggers, I'm just asking you to consider giving blood if you can. There's some more information below and www.blood.co.uk will answer any questions you might have. The teams that care for you at donation are wonderful and first-timers (or not-been-for-a-long-timers!) are very well looked after. Please think about it. Do something amazing, give blood.