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For years fear stopped me from giving blood, so how did my first session go? 

In the time it would take you to grab a bite to eat with a friend or buy a new outfit, you could be saving a life this Christmas by donating blood. The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service (NIBTS) requires 115 new donors to come forward every week but Andrea Copithorne, senior marketing officer for NIBTS, says that while "a single blood donation can help save three patients, only 6% of the eligible population actually give blood".

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