Why give blood

Giving blood saves lives. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments.

Why do we need you to give blood?

We need new blood donors from all backgrounds to ensure there is the right blood available for patients who need it.

We need:

  • 4,300 blood donations every day on average to meet the needs of our hospitals
  • over 140,000 people to donate blood for the first time this year
  • 12,000 new Black heritage donors, to meet the growing demand for ethnically matched blood for sickle cell patients who need regular transfusions to stay alive
  • more young people aged 17-35 to donate, to ensure we have enough blood for the future