Are you 17-45? If so, you could save a life this year

NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people aged 17-45 to make a change this year by signing up and giving blood. They are encouraging younger donors to get involved to ensure a safe and steady supply of blood in the future. Over 830,000 people gave blood in England last year and around half of the current donors are aged 45+.

They are asking people of all ages, but particularly those aged 17-45, to set one last New Year’s resolution for 2019. When many people may have already given up on theirs, there’s still time to set one resolution you can keep; donate blood. Donating your blood to the NHS, is the first step in doing your bit to save the lives of others in 2019. Last January over 64,000 people registered to give blood and made it the New Year’s resolution they stuck with.

One blood donation can potentially save the lives of up to three adults or six babies. NHS Blood and Transplant needs over 6,000 blood donations every single day to treat patients in need across England. This is why there’s always a demand for people to give blood.

More men are needed too. Currently around two thirds of all new blood donors are women. However, men’s blood is particularly useful for making plasma and platelets (the life-saving products that stop bleeding after injury or surgery) and are used to treat victims of burns, car crashes and patients with cancer.

Blood types needed now

Patients need lifesaving transfusions throughout the year so all blood groups are needed.

There is an urgent need for more black people to come forward and donate blood. Black donors are ten times more likely to have the Ro and B positive blood types urgently needed to treat the 15,000 people in the UK suffering from sickle cell disease. Sickle cell is a painful and debilitating condition which is particularly prevalent in people with an African or Caribbean background. To get the best treatment, patients need blood which is closely matched to their own. This is most likely to come from a donor of the same ethnicity. Yet only 1% of current blood donors are black – just over 11,000 people.

You can become a donor today in four simple steps:

  1. Register – online or over the phone – 0300 123 23 23. We will ask you some simple questions and you can create a donor account where you can manage your appointments.
  2. Book an appointment – you might not be able to donate immediately but please make an appointment now to donate in the next few months. If you want to donate sooner, then check out availability at one of our 23 permanent donor centres where there is more availability.
  3. Give blood – it usually takes between five and ten minutes with the whole process lasting about an hour.
  4. Feel proud – your donation can save up to three adults or six babies.

Do something amazing this year. Save a life. Give blood.