By donating blood, you can help to save lives.
Blood that you donate can be used to treat a range of illnesses such as all kinds of anaemia, bone marrow failure and leukaemia. And of course it is often essential following serious accidents, surgery and childbirth when patients quickly need their red blood cells replaced.
Although most of us expect it to be there for us when we need it, only four per cent of us actually donate blood.
To find out more about donating visit the give blood website at http://www.blood.co.uk/ or call the donor line on 0300 123 23 23.
Who can donate?
Most people can give blood. If you are generally in good health, age 17 to 65 (if it’s your first time) and weigh at least 7st 12Ib (50 kg) you can donate.
You can give blood every 16 weeks, that’s approximately once every four months.