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.

Many people would not be alive today if donors had not generously given their blood.

Why we need you to give blood

We need over 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients in need across England and North Wales. Which is why there’s always a need for people to give blood.

Each year we need approximately 200,000 new donors, as some donors can no longer give blood.

Most people between the ages of 17-65 are able to give blood.

Around half our current donors are over 45. That's why we need more young people (over the age of 17) to start giving blood, so we can make sure we have enough blood in the future.

Find out who can give blood, and then book an appointment to give blood.

Blood groups and types needed now

We need more donors from all blood groups and types. We particularly need more people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities to give blood so that we have a supply of certain blood types.

Register as a blood donor and book an appointment to give blood and help someone in need today.

About blood

Blood has many different parts or components including red blood cells, plasma and platelets.

It is also classified into different blood groups and blood types. Find out why we need blood and how it is used.

Giving blood in the UK

We collect blood in England and North Wales. The rest of the UK has different services who do this: