I received these text messages earlier today. I was really looking forward to giving blood at 4pm and the first one I received was a helpful reminder for me to drink lots of water.
The second text message I received left me feeling a bit deflated and frankly, I surprised myself at quite how much receiving this second text affected me.
It reminded me of the blog post I wrote a while back: Have a chat about Margot & see how that makes you feel
I am hoping that you, like me, will feel good about and enjoy sharing & spreading the word, in the knowledge that your conversations and your word of mouth can have a positive & lasting social impact, with beneficial knock-on effects AND perhaps even life saving outcomes.
Because if you enjoy telling someone, one-on-one or one-to-many, in your own time and in your own way, then it’s quite likely that you will go on to repeat that action, again and again.
That’s what I find myself doing, anyway.
Because it could be YOU that makes the difference to someone in need, either directly (via your own unique donation) or indirectly (via someone that you encouraged to become a donor). We already know that Team Margot’s (YOUR) efforts mean that statistically, more than 500 people WILL now have a chance at a life saving bone marrow transplant.
Either way, by talking about and sharing, we are making a positive difference for people with blood cancer.
Plus it can make you feel better about yourself.
Recently, I shared this thought process with an eminent psychiatrist, who confirms that within reason, caring about and doing things for others in your community is good for your mental health and well being.
Which is why, having lost the ability to give blood today and with it the ability for me to feel the personal follow on benefits & upside, I decided to write a blog post.
Thank you, Margot. x
Together, saving lives
Husband to Vicki and father to Oscar (2007), Rufus (2008), Digby (2015), Humphrey (2017) & Margot (2012-2014)
Team Margot’s mission
To help save and improve lives by educating, inspiring and motivating people, especially from ethnically diverse communities, to register as blood, organ, stem cell and bone marrow donors and to provide a range of support to families caring for child cancer patients.
Team Margot also provides secretariat support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ethnicity Transplantation and Transfusion.