D – Alphabet Dating

What does a 21 and a 20 year old choose for D? Dance class? Darts? Drinking maybe? Nah we donated blood! 

It’s something everyone should do if they are capable because it’s such an easy way to save a life, it takes such little time and you get free biscuits and drinks! I have given blood before and shannon hasn’t, but we’re both very wary when it comes to needles…but we stayed strong and we were both successful donors today! 

We started by having lunch in horsforth, we went to the courtyard cafe. I don’t know if any of you have been but it is mainly run by people who are less abled and it was amazing! The atmosphere that they present to you and the happiness they radiate by just giving them a smile is so genuine! They made us feel very welcome and the food was amazing! We had a chicken, pesto and tomato panini, and we will definitely be going back one day soon! 

We then travelled to the donor centre, both a bit nervous because of the needle and the vein and just ew. But the nurses at the Leeds donor centre are so friendly and always make us feel welcome so I’d recommend anyone to go there, especially if you’re slightly scared. All was going well, I had my screening done and then got sat in a chair and hooked up to the needle and the nurse I had was so funny and nice! There was also a trainee nurse there who, after chatting with her, I found out she’s 21 and just moved to Leeds and doesn’t have any friends here! (More about this later). 

So I’m giving blood and there is still no sign of shannon, she had a later appointment than me but not this late! I start to get worried and give her a text. It turns out they had to go through multiple things before allowing her to give blood – she’s always the awkward one! They had to question her about the dentist she went to this morning, the doctors she visited yesterday, the paracetomol she took yesterday, the travelling she had done (8 months of it!) in the past year, and then had to weigh her to see if she wasn’t too small! 

EVENTUALLY, she got seated and sorted and she successfully gave her first lot of blood! 

So after we’ve given blood and we’ve had a penguin and a cup of tea, we chat about the lonely girl in Leeds. We decide to write our numbers down and give her our numbers in case she’s ever lonely or needs a friend in Leeds…how nice are we?! 

Two good deeds done today, and now it’s time to plan for alphabet date E, which will be coming shortly..

BRING ON NOVEMBER! 

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