National Blood Week
This National Blood Week we are celebrating how new and existing donors make a difference every day to the lives of others – by giving up your time to help the NHS you are saving people whose lives depend on blood.
Proudly say #ImThere
Our 'I’m there' campaign highlights how you can save the life of someone else, whilst going about yours. Help us to tackle some of the barriers which prevent people from coming forward to donate. Our campaign features some of the people your donation can save and emphasises the urgent need for blood.
By registering and giving blood, you can proudly say #ImThere for those whose lives depend on you.
Increased demand for black donors
During National Blood Week, we will also be launching an appeal to find 40,000 new black donors. Sickle cell disease is the most common and fastest growing genetic blood disorder and advances in the treatment demand for transfusions is higher than ever before. Yet, to get the best treatment, patients need blood which is closely matched to their own – most likely from their own ethnicity.
TV presenter, Scarlette Douglas, whose brother received blood spoke to sickle cell patient, Aaron Thomas, about his condition on BBC's The One Show. Since filming, Scarlette has been vocal about her support for more black donors on social media.
Share your story and support the NHS:
- Add a #ImThere frame to your profile picture on Facebook (search for 'NHS blood' to find this frame)
- Use our #ImThere Twibbon on your Twitter page
- Take a 'selfie' at your next donation session - telling everyone #ImThere because... and encouraging others to do the same on social media
- Follow us on Facebook
- Share your support on Instagram
- Keep track with our campaign on Twitter
Want to donate?
You are doing something amazing – so tell the world why you ‘are there’ for others by wanting to give blood. Maybe you know someone who received blood, or just want to help others. Whatever that reason – help us spread the word.