Recognising donors

Blood and platelet donors do an amazing thing when they donate. Without their kind generosity, many patients simply would not be alive today.

We believe that every donation counts. We hope you feel thanked and appreciated every time you give blood, and we want you to know just how important you are to us. 

Gifts and acknowledgements for our donors

We give our regular blood and platelet donor gifts and acknowledgements which mark important credit milestones. As a frequent and valued donor you can expect to receive:

1st - Welcome and thank you pack, including red donor card and key fob

5th - Bronze donor card

10th - Badge and certificate

25th - Silver donor card, badge and certificate

50th - Gold donor card, badge and certificate

75th - Emerald donor card, badge and certificate

100th - Ceremony invitation (whole blood donors), ruby donor card, commemorative medal, badge and certificate

150th - Certificate

250th - Ceremony invitation (platelet donors), commemorative medal, badge and certificate

500th - Special framed certificate

750th - Special framed certificate

1000th - Special framed certificate

Donors celebrate at a ceremony in Leicester
David Watson receives his 100th donation award

See your progress

If you have an online account sign in to see how many whole blood donations you have made to date.

What are donation credits?

Our donor recognition scheme recognises donors for reaching donation credit milestones. These milestones are the same for all types of donation.

Donation credits are awarded when donors donate*. The number of credits awarded depends on the type of donation made. This list covers the most common donation types:

  • Whole blood - 1 credit
  • Platelet (double donation) - 2 credits
  • Platelet (triple donation) - 3 credits
  • Plasma - 2 credits

The way in which donation credits are awarded has changed over the years and longer-term donors, especially those who started donating before 2015, may have built-up credits in different ways. These historic donation credits are incorporated into the total shown on their record.

Additionally some donors may have made donations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland (which have separate systems for recognising donors), or indeed outside the UK. Again, when we are made aware of these previous donations, we incorporate them into the credit total.

Consequently the number of donation credits may not reflect the precise number of donations given at NHS Blood and Transplant donations sessions, especially for long term donors and those with complex donation histories.

If you believe the number of donations credits shown on your record is wrong, please call us on 0300 123 23 23 to discuss it.

*On some occasions we recognise donors who attempt but are unable to donate. For example, if a donor attends but cannot donate due to low haemoglobin, we will still award them a credit.

Thank you

Thank you so much for all of your donations. So few of the population give blood at all, and fewer still reach these incredible milestones, so it really is a great achievement and one worth shouting about!

We hope that you accept these small tokens with pride. Well done!

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