Sharima, who had an emergency transfusion in 2009, said: “I was six months pregnant and it was early in the morning and I felt a little pain. Then suddenly there was blood rushing down my legs. I just remember going into the ambulance but the rest is a blur. I lost the baby and they didn’t think I was going to live but they gave me a blood transfusion. If it wasn’t for the people who donated blood, I don’t know where I would be right now. I’m just so grateful to know that someone was able to donate some blood and I was able to receive it.”
To register or book an appointment visit blood.co.uk, call 0300 123 23 23 or search for ‘NHS Give Blood’ app.