Across England 830,000 people gave blood in 2018. This year, the NHS are asking people to be part of this amazing group of people and make a New Year’s resolution that makes you feel amazing and saves lives. Around one hour of your time could save or improve the lives of up to three people. Last January over 64,000 people registered to give blood and made giving blood their new year’s resolution. Why not join the growing number of life savers this January?
- Need for men – Currently around two thirds of all new donors are women. More men are needed to come forward to provide life-saving products like plasma and platelets – to save victims of burns, car crashes and provide life-saving treatment to patients with Cancer. Men’s blood is particularly useful to make plasma and platelets used to stop bleeding after injury or surgery.
- More black donors – Black donors are urgently need 40,000 black donors to provide much needed blood donations for black patients with sickle cell disease. They need life-saving blood from black donors, which provides the closest match to their own.
- Appointment availability – Don’t worry if you can’t make an appointment straight away, appointments fill up pretty quickly and it is necessary to know if there is plenty of blood in ‘stocks’. Even if you donate in a couple of months you will be still saving lives! If you want to donate sooner, then check out availability at one of the 23 permanent donor centres which are open longer and there is more availability.
For more information on how to become a blood donor, please visit www.blood.co.uk/the-donation-process