“Ah’ll pirl the poke wi a shairp pyke mithtreth an wi yin splatter the maithter will be guid as new.”

Translated:

splatter: sprinkle about, spatter.

“I will thrust at the bag of blood with a sharp pointed tip mithtreth and with one sprinkling the marthter will be good as new.

[splatter spelled out in the phonetic alphabet.]

Illustration Friday.

renewal – Happy New year to all for the new decade.

Sadly only four percent of the available population in the UK donate blood.

You can start giving blood when you are 17. As long as you are generally fit and healthy and weigh over 50kg (7st 12lbs) you should be able to give.

The gift of blood is the gift of life. There is no substitute for human blood.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood.

Blood fights against infection and helps heal wounds, keeping a patient healthy.

Anaemic patients need blood transfusions to increase their iron levels.

Cancer, transplant and trauma patients and patients undergoing open-heart surgery require platelet transfusions to survive.

People who have been in car accidents and suffered massive blood loss can need transfusions of 50 units or more of red blood cells.

The average bone marrow transplant requires 120 units of platelets and about 20 units of red blood cells.

Severe burn victims can need 20 units of platelets during their treatment.

Children being treated for cancer, premature infants, and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types.

Here there are some interesting examples of campaign posters to encourage people to become blood donors.

Here you can find out from the NHS all the English and Welsh facts you need to know about giving blood. The Scottish blood donor information is here. There is American Red Cross blood giving information here.