This year’s National Blood Donor week fittingly started on World Sickle Cell Day. Most people living with sickle cell will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives, either as a one-off or regularly. NHS Blood and Transplant, who coordinate donor blood and ensure it gets to those who need it, have a message for you:

It’s National Blood Week from 19 – 25 June and we’re helping to celebrate how
blood donors make a difference every day, saving people whose lives depend on
blood.

Over the last year 900,000 people have given up their time by donating blood to help
patients in need. But we need 200,000 new blood donors to ensure that patients in
the future have access to the blood they need, when they need it.

There is also an urgent need for 40,000 new black donors to improve the lives of
thousands of patients with sickle cell disease. They need life-saving blood from black
donors, which provides the closest match to their own. Together, we can vastly
improve the lives the 15,000 people in the UK who live with Sickle Cell Disease and
over 300 new babies born every year with the condition.

When you give blood, you can save someone’s life while going about your own. All
you need to do is give blood, and you’ll be right there, helping someone when they
need it.

Register to give blood. Visit blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 to find your nearest
session.
#GiveBlood #ImThere

If you have sickle cell trait, you can still donate blood, just make sure you tell them! Thank you for your gift.