Donate Blood - get a free tea, coffee or juice plus a biscuit, maybe even mince pie!
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Donate Blood - get a free tea, coffee or juice plus a biscuit, maybe even mince pie!

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Found 14th Dec 2017
It's that time of year when people like to give and what could be better than giving the gift of life by donating blood? In return, get a free cuppa and a biscuit. They even have Seabrooks crisps and Mini Cheddars where I donate.

Traditionally, this time of year the stocks drop so it's important that if you're a regular donor and can do so, you make an appointment to give over the festive period. If you've never given before, then why not make this Christmas the one where you start?

I'll be making my 48th donation over Christmas, and, whilst I've been fortunate in never requiring donated blood, it's good to know there are people out there doing the same thing if I ever do need it.
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Tip! Don't do what I did the first time I gave blood. After tea and biscuits, we were told to take it easy and avoid strenuous exercise for a few hours. 18-year-old me decided to find out what would happen if you do the opposite, so I sprinted up several flights of stairs. Oddly, everything went black and the floor came up to slap me....

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You also get an ID keyring with your blood type on it I'll just say, I'm crap with needles and I was pretty scared the first time I went along. But it wasn't so bad, had a nice chat, got made to feel like a superhero and ate some biscuits.

If you're going to give it a go, first off, you're awesome. Secondly, drink plenty of fluids and take something to read or listen to if you don't fancy chatting to people. Third, just to reiterate; you're awesome.
Edited by: "juliet_bravo" 14th Dec 2017
Not sure if I'm able to give blood with taking a couple of prescribed tablets daily but definitely worth checking before the xmas celebrations start and my blood hits 100% proof.

One of the most thoughtful posts on here. Happy Xmas
Help our Wonderful NHS ☺
Edited by: "byron" 14th Dec 2017
Giving blood is not just for Christmas, it's for life
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You also get an ID keyring with your blood type on it I'll just say, I'm crap with needles and I was pretty scared the first time I went along. But it wasn't so bad, had a nice chat, got made to feel like a superhero and ate some biscuits.

If you're going to give it a go, first off, you're awesome. Secondly, drink plenty of fluids and take something to read or listen to if you don't fancy chatting to people. Third, just to reiterate; you're awesome.
Edited by: "juliet_bravo" 14th Dec 2017
Not sure if I'm able to give blood with taking a couple of prescribed tablets daily but definitely worth checking before the xmas celebrations start and my blood hits 100% proof.

One of the most thoughtful posts on here. Happy Xmas
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juliet_bravo1 m ago

You also get an ID keyring with your blood type on it


Got a picture?
I want to see if it's worth it
Help our Wonderful NHS ☺
Edited by: "byron" 14th Dec 2017
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juliet_bravo2 m ago

You also get an ID keyring with your blood type on it


They never have any when I go!
Giving blood is not just for Christmas, it's for life
... also get satisfaction of helping to save a life.
...that is priceless
Edited by: "AbuG" 14th Dec 2017
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Yeah I'll grab a pic, one sec
Very good.

As someone else put, be aware that there are some medical conditions / foreign travel / medications that mean you cannot currently give blood*

*Just worth checking before you travel Info should be on their website, and if still unclear, they can help over the phone - saves you a trip if it cannot be done.
in some European countries you will get day off from work (has to be honoured) breakfast and 6-8 chocolates for boold donation
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Here you go, modelled by my mini dachshund pup
the3md14 m ago

in some European countries you will get day off from work (has to be …in some European countries you will get day off from work (has to be honoured) breakfast and 6-8 chocolates for boold donation

What kind of chocolates?.
Edited by: "pugit666" 14th Dec 2017
As someone on the receiving end, thank you to all who do donate
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Firefly16 m ago

Very good.As someone else put, be aware that there are some medical …Very good.As someone else put, be aware that there are some medical conditions / foreign travel / medications that mean you cannot currently give blood**Just worth checking before you travel Info should be on their website, and if still unclear, they can help over the phone - saves you a trip if it cannot be done.



Yes - good advice. It's also worth making a booking through the website as it usually means less waiting by just walking in without one.
Was just a few donations away from being a gold donor when I became ill, sadly I can no longer give but have received on many ocassions. Probably wouldn't be here without people giving.. as JB has already said "you're awesome".
Thank you.
Edited by: "cuzzy" 14th Dec 2017
Well done OP. I used to give blood too until I had to have a blood transfusion myself when I had my son. Gutted they won't let me donate any more.
Yes Ive donated twice this year, its a painless and rewarding experience. You even get told what hospital your blood has been given to which I found quite lovely. Next going in Jan
Brill post, I donated blood for the first time last month and don't particularly like needles neither! I would definitely recommend everyone to donate if they can
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OohWhatDoesThisButtonDo3 m ago

Yes Ive donated twice this year, its a painless and rewarding experience. …Yes Ive donated twice this year, its a painless and rewarding experience. You even get told what hospital your blood has been given to which I found quite lovely. Next going in Jan



Oh yes, I forgot the text message you get saying where your blood is used. Mine gets all over, I donate near Manchester but the last lot ended up in Preston
An excellent thing to do, every 12 weeks for a male and 16 weeks for a female, and made even more worthwhile for us donors now they have brought back Tuc Cheesy biscuits.
Don't forget this only applies to heterosexual people, always read the T&Cs people.
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cibarious2 m ago

An excellent thing to do, every 12 weeks for a male and 16 weeks for a …An excellent thing to do, every 12 weeks for a male and 16 weeks for a female, and made even more worthwhile for us donors now they have brought back Tuc Cheesy biscuits.



Or every month if you do component (platelet) donation. I tried and unfortunately, despite having a high platelent count, it just didn't agree with me so I went back to normal donations.
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gary.davidson-taylor3 m ago

Don't forget this only applies to heterosexual people, always read the …Don't forget this only applies to heterosexual people, always read the T&Cs people.


This this was changed last month actually

Subject to meeting the other donation rules, men who have had specific sexual activity¹ with another man; commercial sex workers and people who have sex with partners in groups known to have a high risk of having an infection that could be passed on during sex (high risk partners) will be able to donate after three months have passed since the last sexual activity.

blood.co.uk/new…ed/
Edited by: "juliet_bravo" 14th Dec 2017
pugit66616 m ago

What kind of chocolates?.


you can pick between dark and milk (100g) chocolate, not chocolates. (sorry, auto correct)
AbuG26 m ago

... also get satisfaction of helping to save a life....that is priceless


This is the one and only reason why I’ve donated 69 times and very proud of it......who cares what gift you get.....it’s the saving of lives that matters and all at the cost of an hour of your own time🤪
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gary.davidson-taylor17 m ago

Don't forget this only applies to heterosexual people, always read the …Don't forget this only applies to heterosexual people, always read the T&Cs people.


Not strictly true - they recently relaxed the rules for gay men and sex workers to allow donation under certain circumstances which, whilst not amazing, was a step in the right direction.

blood.co.uk/new…ed/

As far as I know, homosexual women have always been able to donate as long as they aren't in any other risk groups.
Edited by: "Begize" 14th Dec 2017
Don't think i can donate blood because i had cancer.
juliet_bravo10 m ago

This this was changed last month actually Subject to meeting the other …This this was changed last month actually Subject to meeting the other donation rules, men who have had specific sexual activity¹ with another man; commercial sex workers and people who have sex with partners in groups known to have a high risk of having an infection that could be passed on during sex (high risk partners) will be able to donate after three months have passed since the last sexual activity.https://www.blood.co.uk/news-and-campaigns/news-and-statements/blood-donation-rules-have-changed/


So if your in a same sex relationship and have a healthy sex life you need to not have sex for 3 months to give blood ? Is that the same for heterosexual couples they cant have sex for 3 months if they want to give blood ?
Begize11 m ago

Not strictly true - they recently relaxed the rules for gay men and sex …Not strictly true - they recently relaxed the rules for gay men and sex workers to allow donation under certain circumstances which, whilst not amazing, was a step in the right direction.As far as I know, homosexual women have always been able to donate as long as they aren't in any other risk groups.


I just find it baffling that due to "Risk Behaviour" gay men are treated as sex workers. Anyway I cant get this deal as I am in a loving and stable same sex relationship guess this means I can take from people, but not return unless I become straight or a monk *sigh*
Heat for the cause...but I think you are using the word FREE too loosely, this is a mere trade...Blood for Tea
Best deal!!!
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gary.davidson-taylor14 m ago

So if your in a same sex relationship and have a healthy sex life you need …So if your in a same sex relationship and have a healthy sex life you need to not have sex for 3 months to give blood ? Is that the same for heterosexual couples they cant have sex for 3 months if they want to give blood ?


Not at all - as gay men (and sex workers) are classed as being in a high risk group, they apply special rules.

Each time you donate, you are asked questions about your sexual behaviour and, if you fall into any of these groups (such as having had unprotected sex with another man in the last three months), then you can't give.

It applies to hetrosexual / bisexual people too.
Edited by: "Begize" 14th Dec 2017
Hey OP,

Good find, I too will be on my 48th next time I donate. Been on hols to Africa, so need to wait until the new year. Have mucho calor!!

Cheers
BikerTaz6952 m ago

Not sure if I'm able to give blood with taking a couple of prescribed …Not sure if I'm able to give blood with taking a couple of prescribed tablets daily but definitely worth checking before the xmas celebrations start and my blood hits 100% proof.One of the most thoughtful posts on here. Happy Xmas


It's worth checking the list of reasons you can't donate before going down. I've filled in the form twice and waited to see a nurse before being told I can't donate. blood.co.uk/who…od/
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gary.davidson-taylor9 m ago

I just find it baffling that due to "Risk Behaviour" gay men are treated …I just find it baffling that due to "Risk Behaviour" gay men are treated as sex workers. Anyway I cant get this deal as I am in a loving and stable same sex relationship guess this means I can take from people, but not return unless I become straight or a monk *sigh*


Totally agree - I have gay mates, male and female, as well a few involved in the sex industry and I do find the rules strange.
My son had to receive plasma last year, you just realise how important it is to donate. I have been for the past year now, apparently my blood type is the only type that can be used to make plasma (don't ask me why but it 's what they told me). Also last time they sent me a text telling me where my blood went (Wycombe hospital), which i thought was a great idea
the3md146 m ago

in some European countries you will get day off from work (has to be …in some European countries you will get day off from work (has to be honoured) breakfast and 6-8 chocolates for boold donation


I'd bleed myself dry if I could :).
The last 3 appointments I've made have all been cancelled a couple of days before, very frustrating. I think the school that holds them has left it to the last minute to tell the blood team. I was donating every few months until then.
And for those of you that do donate try to make sure you keep any appointments. Giving blood is amazing but it's also amazing how many people fail to turn up to booked appointments.

I'm surprised nobody has yet come out with the old 'The tea isn't free at all, you have to give something to get it' line. Maybe they're all at a big meeting of the 'Conspiracy Theorist and Pedant Society' today.
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