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Over the last 3 years I, and 50,000 other people, have been taking part in an Interval Study.  This was to see the effect on individual health of giving blood at 8, 10, 12 and 16 week intervals.  At present men can donate every 12 weeks and women 16.  You have to be a pretty dull sort of person to give blood.  No recent tattoos or piercings, devious relationships are a no go area and holidays abroad always have to be declared.  However, the reward for this activity is a cup of tea and choice of biscuits, including the Jacob’s Club orange ones, and the sense that you really have done something useful for that day. It was in that balm of satisfaction and clutching my Interval Study Certificate that another guy joined me.  He, like me, had completed the study, and he proudly displayed the plaster on his finger and arm.  He said he was going next for an interview here at the Radcliffe as an electrical engineer and was sure the evidence of his donation would do the trick.  We compared our performance, how many pints we had given and how fast we were, and no, neither of us could give platelets but we didn’t know why.

Then a young, rather nervous man sat down.  He had just given his first donation.  He said he was going to give platelets if he could, and raise money for charity.  His two-year-old daughter had been diagnosed with cancer 6 months ago and she was now in an induced coma upstairs in the children’s ward. He had just got a new job as a gardener and had two other children under five.  We didn’t know what to say, and left in silence.  I hope the guy got his job and the young man, what courage and fortitude he was clearly showing for the days ahead.

Blood donation Bradfield Monday 11th July               BRADFIELD COLLEGE 0300 123 2323

John Bishop