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A new trend of nominations has been sweeping through social networks in recent months. It started with neck and nominate, then followed flex and nominate and now bare and nominate has arrived. Unlike previous nominations, bare and nominate is in aid of Cancer research. The nominees strip bare of their make-up, take a selfie, upload it to Facebook, Twitter etc, nominate some friends and donate £3 to Cancer research, by texting BEAT to 70099. I was nominated on Friday by my best friend Florrie. Unlike Florrie who looked gorgeous in her photo, I look like a mess; my skin is very unhappy with me currently. It started its tantrum when I used Simple make-up wipes, (they do not get on!) throw into the mix a fourth year dissertation due in two and a half weeks, along with 20 and half hours of part-time bar work and you get this state. Despite all this I wanted to do my bit, I have always meant to do something for Cancer research since my Gran was diagnosed. Fortunately she is still with us and with every donation made a little more is done to ensure others are as lucky. Bare and nominations have already helped raise over £2 million pounds for Cancer research, so despite all the mixed views on the trend, I think anything that makes people stop and donate has to be a good thing. Right now I am off to make my nominations and upload my #nomakeupselfie for the world to see.

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bloodLast week I finally registered to give blood. It is something I have been meaning to do for years but I have never got round to it. Last week I stopped making excuses, checked my eligibility, registered and booked an appointment at my next local site. My appointment was yesterday and at 2pm I headed up to where the session was being held slightly nervous but very excited. I signed in and filled out the required health check form then waited to be called by a nurse to be screened. At this point we went through my health check form, discussing where I had ticked yes (recent ear piercings, travel outside the UK and an operation when I was six) before it was signed off by another nurse. After that I had a drop of blood taken from my finger, which then throbbed for a long time, was given a pint of water and told to sit and wait till my name was called.

About this time my nerves were building when the fire alarm went off and we all had to be evacuated. So I was unable to give blood at my appointment but told to come back in an hour when they would pick the sessions back up, provided that they were allowed back in the building. At 4pm I headed back and was whisked straight through to the back of the room to donate. I was ready to donate, I really wanted to make the step to become a donor. Sadly for me my veins aren’t ready. Two nurses pumped both my arms and were still unable to find a vein that would be big enough to allow me to donate. My circulation is apparently pretty poor, I should be aware of this due to the fact that my hands are constantly cold. So yesterday I was unable to donate, despite wanting to a great deal. I have been told not to give up hope and that I can try again in the summer when the weather is warmer and as I get older my veins will hopefully get larger and therefore be suitable to provide a donation. If I had donated yesterday, a full donation would have been unlikely, uncomfortable for me and could have resulted in bruising.

I am so disappointed that I was unable to make a difference and donate. If donating is something you have been thinking about doing but have never got around to it, do it! You can make a difference and it could save someone’s life one day. It is so important that we do it. The staff are lovely and so helpful in ensuring your donation is as comfortable as possible. I am going to register to try to donate again when the weather turns warmer and hopefully my veins are a more suitable size then. To register to donate just search “give blood” and then you can either register on the website or by ringing the number, alternatively you can just click here, where I have set up a link direct to the site. If you do register to give blood I hope you have a more successful time than I did and hopefully sometime during the summer I may be able to write a post about my first donation. Have a nice weekend!