This is a non beauty related post but I really wanted to share it.
I gave blood a few weeks ago for the first time and I want to share my experience with you all. Before I went I was nervous as I was expecting it to hurt but they really proved me wrong! I'd rather give blood than have a filling at the dentist!
It took around an hour (although they were running late), this included having my finger pricked to check I had enough iron in my blood, discussing my health questionnaire, giving the blood (this took 10 mins) and having a drink and a biscuit afterwards.
If you are in good health, are aged between 17 and 60 and weigh over 7st12 then I would definetly consider giving blood.
There is no pressure to give blood so you could always go along to a session and see if it's for you - my mum came with me but didn't donate so you could go with a few friends. The nurses who run the sessions are lovely and are always grateful for every donation, they will answer any questions you have and make sure everything goes well.
A few weeks after you donate you should receive a letter in the post which tells you what blood group you are and a little blood donor card. My blood group is A- only 7% of the population have this blood group so it's quite rare. There is a reward scheme for regular donors - you can find more details about this here.
The blood website has a huge range of info about it so i'd have a look if you're interested. You can also book your first appointment online using the new Blood Donor Online service.
Below are some links that I found useful:
If you have any questions please leave a comment and i'll get back to you :)