Doing things for Charity

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Hello Everybody and welcome back!

Two years ago, my new years resolution was to overcome my fear of giving blood, so on the 29th April 2015, I signed up to become a donor.

My first appointment was booked in for 29th May and I was terrified.

I took along one of my best friends to my appointment to talk to me and take my mind off things.

On arrival, I handed in my questionnaire, poured myself a pint of water and sat down to read the information guide I was given.

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Next I was called into a cubicle where a nurse asked several more questions and took a sample of my blood to check that my iron levels were alright.

From there I was sent to a different waiting area and waited to be called.

After a short wait, my name was called and I got seated.

The first attempt to draw blood was a complete failure as the vein in my left arm collapsed so we gave the right arm a try.

 

The donation itself only takes about 15-20 minutes and apart from the needle being put in and taken out, it it completely pain free.

After you’ve donated, you are provided with a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits!

 

To sign up to donate blood go to this link and find out where you local donation centre is.

https://www.blood.co.uk/


In 2015 as well as giving blood, a few of my friends and family signed up to our local hospices colour run.

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We completed the 5k course in just under an hour, we walked a lot of the way and just had a laugh and a giggle.

This was a fun afternoon and a great way of getting out of the house and raising money for an important cause.


In April 2016 I took part in a DECHOX for the British Heart Foundation. No chocolate for a whole month!!

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I am pleased to say that throughout the month of April, I didn’t touch a single piece of chocolate.

The first few weeks were a nightmare, but after a while, the craving went away.

In the months after I found myself not wanting to eat chocolate as much. I guess the Dechox helped me to realise that I don’t need it as much as I thought I did.

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Sticking with British Heart Foundation, I have also taken part in two My Marathon events this year. One in May and one in September.

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My marathon is 26.2 miles designed to be completed at your own pace over a four week period.

I ran one mile per night and completed it in 26 days, the last day I ran the extra point 2 miles to complete.

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To this day, I am still trying my best to make a difference and doing things for charity.

Me and my son have put together two shoe-boxes this year, one for a children’s charity and one for the soldiers charity.

My next appointment to give blood is on 7th December.

I will still continue to sign up and raise money for as many charities as I can along with the general donations of old clothes and toys that my family no longer use or need.

Thank you for reading.

Speak soon

 

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