On 25th March I was proud to attend the award ceremony lunch, accompanied by a delightful lady as my guest. This event was in recognition of my 100th blood donation. They didn't just put it on for me - no, there were many other donors invited to the presentation.
The afternoon was beautiful; sunny and warm. The venue was at the Bath Racecourse, just outside Bath, and I suppose about 100 people were present, plus officials.
When we arrived for registration and reception drinks a photographer was waiting to take photographs of each donor, holding his/her award. For once I was quite pleased with the result of a photograph - the makeover from my previous post obviously paid off handsomely.
A large marquee was the lunch venue and it was beautifully laid out for the event. We quickly made friends with people sitting at our table and I amused them by saying that my award for my 75th donation was a crystal plate which was soon earmarked as a plant stand in our conservatory.
After our delicious meal we were treated to two interesting speeches: the first by Head of Region for the West of England, followed by a lady blood recipient who would have died had she not received many blood donations - she was given not long to live by the medics who thought even if she recovered she might be permanently brain damaged after her horrific head on car accident. Fortunately she made a full recovery and she was invited to make the presentations. One by one we walked to the front for our awards, cued by some of our own words sent in earlier and read by a lovely lady holding a microphone.
Four donors, myself included, were recipients of Diamond awards for 100 donations and about 35 others, achieving 75 donations, collected their Emerald awards.
When it was my turn to walk to the front the lady read some words I had prepared earlier, something like:
Needless to say this got a few laughs!
I am highlighting the official NHS Blood and Transplant website for those interested in further reading HERE
It makes one wonder why there is reluctance for most people becoming donors. It is painless, apart from a prick now and then, and it is not debilitating in the slightest way. I am due to visit Dracular's Castle to donate my103rd unit early in May. Then only another 22 to go to the magic 125 target. There is no upper age limit here in UK for regular donors but 65 is the limit for new donors. So I should be able to do it!
and try not to prick myself - I hate the sight of blood you see ROFL (says he tongue in cheek)
My blood type is AB positive and they are not desperately short of that, although it is quite a rare blood type, AB negative being the rarest!
What blood group are you?
And as for organ transplants! They can have what they want when I pop my clogs!
If it is any good to anyone, they might as well have the use of anything worth saving! All a bit past it's sell date I am afraid LOL. But they can't have anything just yet!