We all want to help those in need and give something back, but often a busy schedule gets in the way. Taking part in a charity event or even training for a sponsored run can often be tricky to schedule in, but giving blood takes a matter of minutes.
This week is National Blood Week and we’re encouraging our members (and everyone else too) to register on the donor list, give blood and help save someone’s life.
Why should you donate blood?
Every day, the NHS needs the donations of more than 6,000 people to be able to care for its thousands of patients. Donated blood is vital for all ages – from newborns to pensioners – and is essential for a wide range of medical procedures, be they transfusions to help underlying conditions, such as cancer and blood disorders, in surgery or to replace blood lost during childbirth.
Over the past year, 900,000 people have given up less than an hour of their time to donate and saved countless lives in the process. Unfortunately, this still isn’t enough. Despite close to a million people giving blood, 200,000 new donors are needed to ensure that future patients have access to the blood they need.
How do you donate blood?
To register to give blood, visit my.blood.co.uk. Once registered, you can find your nearest donor session online or by calling 0300 123 23 23. You’ll be booked in for an appointment at a time and venue that is convenient for you, and the whole process will last no more than an hour, with the donation itself taking just for 5-10 minutes.
How can you National Blood Week?
This National Blood Week (19th-25th June), you can show your support for the cause and encourage others to do the same by sharing a selfie of you donating blood using the hashtag #ImThere.
If you’re yet to donate blood yourself, you can still support National Blood Week by adding a Twibbon to your social media profiles. By inspiring family, friends and colleagues to get on board, you can do your bit to fill the gap of missing donors, saving thousands of lives too.