Blood is something we all expect to be there for us when we need it, yet only 4% of us give blood - many people would not be
alive today if it wasn't for the generosity of our donors. Most people can give blood, but all donors have to meet the eligibility
criteria before their blood is accepted to ensure there's no risk of us harming you or the patients who will receive
Find out why some people are unable to donate
If you've never given blood before you'll probably wonder what our Blood Donation Sessions are and what happens there. They can take place at regular intervals at your local community centre, church, sports club or even daily at one of our permanent sites across England & North Wales.
You can book an appointment to attend by booking online using the venue finder on the right-hand side and registering for an account or by calling our Helpline on 0300 123 23 23.
The is another type of blood donation called Component donation - a specialised way of donating using a cell separator machine. These machines separate the blood into all its various components: platelets, red cells, plasma & white cells. We take out just what we need and put back into your body what we don't. Because the large majority of blood components are returned, the donor can safely donate more frequently than every 16 weeks. In some cases this can be every two weeks. Find out more about Component Donation
Our session search will find every public blood donation session in your area:
It took 33 units of blood and skilled medical care to save Mike Austin's life. Now he's raring to get back...
Over 25% of us require blood at least once in our lifetime...
Only 4% of adults are currently donors...
Each blood donation can help as many as 3 people
100 donations equates to
47 litres of blood
Over 8000 units of blood are collected at golf clubs each year
We collect around 1,900,000 blood donations each year
B- Blood is rare
Only 2% of the population are B-
Only 9% of donors live in
25,000 donations in one day is the world record - held in Mumbai in 2010
8% of donors are donating for the first time
We collect 10% more blood on World Blood Day than any other day in June
January is our busiest month for donors honouring new year's resolutions