Yesterday was the first for many in Scotland, and it's fair to say Brian and Chris were very excited and proud to give their first blood donation.
Chris, originally from Wales moved to Carnoustie eight years ago, every time Chris saw an ad or social media post asking for people to come forward and give blood, he always wanted to help. Chris said, "this is a huge step forward and something that I've wanted to do for a very long time, now I can, the process was so easy, professional thorough out and very relaxing. If giving blood is something like me, you've always wanted to do book your appointment and go along it’s so simple."
Brian, originally from Dundee, also gave his first donation in The Beach Hall, Carnoustie. Brian said "This is such an exciting time for me, as a Nurse I know only too well the need for blood. We've been campaigning for over a decade, this is another step in equality and the chance to help. A colleague of mine was involved in a serious accident a few years back and needed blood, I can now make a difference. It's such a change in culture and within one generation, I'm engaged to be married and able give blood. I would encourage other gay or bisexual men get involved, we now have this opportunity, so just do it, take the quiz and book your appointment today."
We need your blood more than ever. If you have an appointment to give blood, it's important that you keep it. If you do need to cancel, please let us know as soon as you can, so we can find someone to fill the appointment.
You can book and cancel appointments online at scotblood.co.uk or by calling 0345 90 90 999.
Current blood stock levels across Scotland Saturday 24 July