More than 3,600 patients have received potentially lifesaving bone marrow and stem cell transplants during the last 30 years, thanks to the kindness of strangers.
Eastenders and Dr Who star Joivan Wade gave blood and found out that his blood makes him a very valuable donor.
Blood services around the world join Missing Type campaign to reverse decline in new donors.
Dapo Odumeru, who has been with NHS Blood and Transplant since 2005 made it his personal mission to raise awareness of blood and organ donation with the Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. His hard work has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
In a new initiative, blood donors across England are now being sent a text message when their blood goes to a hospital to save or improve patient lives.