Jean has been donating blood since she was a student and intends to carry on for as long as possible.
I first gave blood back in 1965, when I was 18. I went to a session held at Leicester University during a recruitment drive. I just thought "I'm young and healthy so why not?"
I am 74 now and have made 112 donations. I keep donating because it still seems the right thing to do; I remain healthy, thank goodness, and feel so very grateful for all the benefits I have received in my life.
An additional factor is that some nine years ago my son-in-law was diagnosed with leukaemia and required many blood transfusions during his treatment. The importance of donating was brought home to me very forcibly when this happened. Sadly, his treatment was ultimately unsuccessful and he died in 2014. He had the same blood group as me and, although it is unlikely he received any of my donations, I felt it forged a link between us and created a special bond.
(Picture: Jean has been donating since she was 18)
The staff are always pleasant, helpful and reassuring; they treat you as a friend and are grateful for your attendance
I usually donate at a village hall a few miles outside Truro where I live. It is light and airy has good parking.
To anyone apprehensive about donating, I would reassure them that the needle insertion really doesn't hurt and any mild discomfort is offset by knowing you are benefiting someone very ill or injured. They are suffering more than you!
(Picture: Jean has donated 112 times)
The staff are always pleasant, helpful and reassuring; they treat you as a friend and are grateful for your attendance. The few times I have not been able to give blood, the staff always explain kindly why – they are apologetic for having to turn you away!
I intend to carry on donating for as long as I am able.