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Give the best gift of all this Christmas

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The festive season is always a difficult time of year to maintain blood stocks, which usually dip from mid-December to early January.

With the usual winter ailments doing the rounds, making it impossible for some donors to donate, we’re also competing for precious time with Christmas shopping and get-togethers with family and friends.

If you are well and able, and haven’t already done so, please book your winter appointment today. We guarantee it will be the most appreciated gift you give this year! All blood groups are important, but we’re appealing particularly to O-neg, B-neg and A-neg donors to make an appointment, and those with rare blood types.

Visit or call 0300 123 23 23 to find your nearest session. You can also search and book using our mobile app - search ‘NHSGiveBlood’ in the app store.

Ask a friend to donate this New Year

We would like to thank all our loyal blood donors for their commitment to saving lives. Could you help us even more by recruiting a friend to donate in 2018?!

New Year’s Resolutions are typically about giving up, but we’d like more people to give. Our committed donors are already aware of the value of giving blood and platelets, but just 3 per cent of the eligible population give blood. This means that we don’t always have enough new donors coming forward to provide the right types of blood to match patients’ needs and to replace people who can’t donate anymore.

Please spread the word, and encourage someone you know to take up this life saving habit!