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Coronavirus update

You can still travel to donate. Giving blood and platelets is essential to the NHS and vulnerable patients. Please keep donating.

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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 on-going 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.

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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.

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

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

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Roanna’s thalassaemia story

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

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Archie relied on transfusions for 10 years

Archie received more than 500 bags of blood to manage a rare blood disorder.

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Edie

At only four years of age, Edie has already received 60 units of blood.