Ever since the National Blood Service was first created in 1946, we have relied on the generosity of blood donors not only to maintain stock levels for all hospitals, but to provide the necessary range of all eight blood types. Safe blood supplies are a scarce commodity, especially in developing countries. World Blood Donor Day is an occasion to raise awareness of the problem and thank donors worldwide.
On World Blood Donor Day numerous events are held worldwide to raise awareness about the importance of safe blood supplies. Despite about 92 million yearly blood donations worldwide, safe blood is constantly on high demand.
Donated blood is a lifeline for many people needing long-term treatments, not just in emergencies. Your blood’s main components: red cells, plasma and platelets are vital for many different uses. Red cells are used predominantly in treatments for cancer and blood diseases, as well as for treating anaemia and in surgeries for transplants and burns.
Maintaining a regular supply of blood to all the people who need it is not easy. Blood components have a short shelf life and predicting demand can be difficult. By giving blood, every donor is contributing to a nation-wide challenge to provide life-saving products whenever and wherever they are needed.
Key Fact: Each blood donation can help as many as 3 people
Most people can give blood. As long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood.
To find a blood donating session near you visit https://my.blood.co.uk/Home