According to NHS Blood ad Transplant website, they require over 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients across England. Without it, they won’t be able to provided what is needed, and lives will be lost.
With that in mind, it is quite stressful to find out that in the past decade there has been a 40% fall in new donors. And that less than 4% of the entire UK population regularly donate blood.
So to encourage blood donation eight British blood donors recently paraded around London painted in circulatory system body art as part of a campaign launched by NHS Blood and Transplant. The idea is to inspire more people, in particular young people, to become regular blood donors so that more lives can be saved. As Jon Latham, assistant director for donor services at NHS Blood and Transplant explains:
“There has been a stark reduction in the number of new donors coming forward. While we can meet the needs of patients now, it’s important we strengthen the donor base for the future.”
The NHS estimate that for that to happen they need 200,000 new blood donors each year, as keeping a stock of all blood types is becoming increasingly difficult. The eight young blood donors some of you might have seen walking around the streets of London are doing their bit to help increase awareness, but you can also help. Visit NHS Blood and Transplant web page for more information on how to become a blood donor.