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Today’s the day when statistics say most people already begin to give up their New Year resolutions. So why not be different and start a new one today that could change other people’s lives.

Giving blood is an easy and quick thing that most people can do. The Blood and Transplant Service are looking for new donors to spend an hour to give blood to help meet the ever increasing need for supplies. Many colleagues at the Co-op already support this worthwhile cause, and we’d like to encourage more to do the same. There are centres across the UK where you can donate blood – go to to find your nearest one and get all the details.

We ask managers to be flexible where possible in giving you the time to donate in areas where appointment times are limiting.

With their campaign inviting people to change a life, not just your own, why not have a look and commit to do something amazing today.

If you’re already a donor, let other colleagues know about your experiences below.

Join the conversation! 11 Comments

  1. I unfortunately am unable to give blood due to having several blood transfusions myself in the past. However I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to those of you who do this though as I most certainly would not be here today if it wasn’t for those very kind people who do take time out to give blood. My mum was also a regular recipient of blood while she was battling leukaemia and this made her time with us so much better as we could see the difference this made to her in her strength after each treatment.

    Keep up the great work and thank you again to all.

  2. Where I have worked previously they have taken over a conference room for a day or two and people book on – so perhaps they could use the auditorium? May work if the blood buses would struggle to park or no longer operating..

  3. I give blood at Brown Street in Manchester regularly 3 times a year and it is a brilliant thing to do. The nurses are really friendly and reassuring and I especially like the fact that I get a text confirmation to let me know when my donation has been issued – nothing beats knowing that I potentially helped to save a life. Plus the tea and biscuits are great !!!

  4. I started giving blood regularly a couple of years ago, it really is a rewarding thing to do. I didn’t think I would be able to because I take regular medication and have quite a few tattoos and piercings, so I was surprised to discover that it isn’t really a problem. I’d say if you want to but you’re not sure if you can, ask, they’ll always say if it’s not a good idea.

    The nurses and support staff are exceptionally friendly and kind, and look after you so well. I was terrified the first time but there was no need to worry, it isn’t even painful – just a quick needle. I even get a text to tell me where my blood has gone to. I can’t rate it enough as an amazing and easy way to do something completely worthwhile. 🙂

  5. “This New Year change a life, not just your own”
    I think this is a great message to encourage folk to do something for someone else, in any context. For me, it’s not just about giving blood if that’s not what you want to do. Buy a homeless person a meal or a hot drink, help your local food shelter, volunteer locally. Just do something that helps another!

  6. “Today’s the day when statistics say most people already begin to give up their New Year resolutions.”

    Nope. Still looking for a new job!

    My mum and dad have always given blood, but I’ve never got around to registering – perhaps 2018 is the year I will.

  7. i think this is a great campaign I will deffinatly be giving blood.

  8. Why do we not invite the Blood and Transplant service to park one of their trucks at the back of Angel Square or even close the front for a day and park it outside the building and ask for volunteers. Places I have worked at in the past have done this and staff have queued up to donate

    • I think that would be a great idea. Although if anyone gets the urge in the meantime, the donation centre on Brown Street is less than 10 minutes walk from the office and open until past 6pm most days. 🙂

      • Can you just walk in or do you need an appointment. I used to donate here years ago and it was fairly quiet but that mat have changed.

    • We used to do this at Miller Street years ago, before Angel Square existed. I used to attend and was told that the reason for them no longer coming is that the ‘blood buses’ were being recomissioned to work in rural areas where there are no donation centres, and we have one in town behind Tesco on Market Street, so I don’t think we’d be able to get them back, even if we wanted to.

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