Who you could help

Your blood saves lives. Your blood donation is an amazing gift to people who need it in an emergency or for ongoing medical treatment. 

We need nearly 5,000 people to give blood every day to meet the needs of hospitals and patients. We specifically need new Black donors to provide blood donations for Black patients with sickle cell disease. They need life-saving blood from Black donors, which provides the closest match to their own. Find out how donated blood is used.

Real life stories

The amazing stories below show just how giving blood helps to save lives.


Chanel was first diagnosed with sickle cell at the age of nine months and has relied on regular blood transfusions to keep her alive ever since.

Tasmin and Cameron

Cameron needed his first red cell exchange at the age of six after suffering a crisis.

Help in an emergency

Some of our O negative donors explain how they feel about having their blood blue-lighted to an emergency like the Manchester terror attack.

“Is she coming?”: a donor and recipient meet

Solome, who has sickle cell, met Zamzam, the donor with the same rare blood type who helped keep her alive.

Roanna’s thalassaemia story

Roanna needed 250 units of blood over two years as she battled thalassaemia.