This year, World Blood Donor Day will once again be celebrated around the world on 14 June. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.
Giving blood saves lives. If you have ever been in a serious accident or have had surgery, chances are that you will have received some type of blood product to aid your recovery.
To ensure the NHS has enough blood to give to patients it needs approximately 400 new donors a day to keep up with demand and 135,000 a year to replace those donors who can no longer give blood.
A lot more information can be found at the NHS Blood Donation website