#BakeDonate Blood Donation comes to Birmingham

Giving blood is something we all know we should do, but very few of us (only 4% of the population) actually get round to doing it! Considering that giving blood can save somebody’s life, it really should be more of a priority for all of us. That’s why this month a new campaign is launching in Birmingham to raise awareness about donating blood, and making it even easier for people to do so. And the best thing about this campaign? It’s all about baking! So get your pinnies ready and get involved!

cakePicture courtesy of The Foodie Couple Blogย (go and check it out!)

If you’re in Birmingham this Wednesday (April 1st) then get yourself down to Victoria Square at lunch time for the official launch of NHSBT’s #BakeDonate campaign. You’ll get to see celebrity chef Mich Turner bake a special cake recipe (above) that has been created for its iron boosting qualities (good for the blood) whilst tasting pretty darn delicious at the same time! There will also be plenty of information about the importance of giving blood, and what it’s really like to go and donate. If you’ve always thought you should but are unsure of what to expect, they’ll be plenty of help on hand to reassure you.

Following the event, NHSBT have made it super convenient for us all to go and give blood, and are hoping to see the people of Birmingham make it a priority this coming month. The Birmingham Blood Donation Centre is now on New Street (no.65 on the 2nd floor), so it couldn’t be handier or easier to get to. You can register to give blood hereย and quote the code Z82 to do your bit.

After you’ve given blood, please help this campaign spread by encouraging others to donate too. Take a selfie while you’re at the centre and use the hastag #BakeDonate to join in with all the brummies who are doing the same. Baking and sharing Mich Turner’s special recipe is also another way to help raise awareness about giving blood, so make sure you get yourself down to the launch where he will reveal the secret ingredients! The fact that people donate blood to help complete strangers is something that reminds us how good people are, but not enough of us are doing it. This April in Birmingham couldn’t be a better time, so please take the time to get involved and register.

6 Comments

  1. March 29, 2015 / 11:27 am

    It’s great that you’re promoting this! I’m always trying to encourage people to give blood and sign up to the organ donor list etc. I can’t actually give blood myself but it’s always really nice to hear about people doing such a good deed! xx

    • Emily
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      March 29, 2015 / 1:08 pm

      Oh yeah, I need to sign up to the donor list! Things like this are always the kind of things you think ‘yeah, I’ll get round to that at some point’ and then never do – but considering it can save a life it should feel much more important! xx

    • Emily
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      April 4, 2015 / 12:24 pm

      It’s a good idea isn’t it? And yes, definitely let her know about the new convenient donation centre! x

  2. April 4, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    So happy you’re promoting this! I gave blood as soon as I turned 17 and then did it several times after, however they always had trouble trying to find a suitable vein and last time I went they told me my veins were just too deep to do it ๐Ÿ™ Hopefully I’ll be able to try again in the future.

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    • Emily
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      April 4, 2015 / 12:26 pm

      Ah that’s a pain! You’ll have to try again sometime in the future! I haven’t been able to give blood all this time as I’m too small ๐Ÿ™ but they say once you turn 20 you can go and try, even if you haven’t grown – so now I’m going to give it a go! x

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