National Blood Week: What happens to your donations

This week is National Blood Week. A week where people are encouraged to give blood to help those in emergencies or who need long term treatment.

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10 facts about blood donations

  • Over 25% of people will need a blood transfusion at least once in their life
  • Only 4% of adults are registered, regular donors
  • 1,900,000 donations are make to blood banks each year
  • One donation can help up to three people
  • January is the busiest month for donations because of people's New Year's Resolutions
  • 100 donations produce 47 litres of blood
  • 14 June is World Blood Donor Day because it was the birthday of Karl Landsteiner who won the Nobel prize in 1930 for his discovery of human blood groups
  • Only 2% of the UK population belong to the blood group B-
  • The first successful blood transfusions took place between dogs in the 1660s.
  • Britain’s first blood bank opened in Ipswich in 1937

You can find out more about National Blood Week by visiting the NHS Give Blood website.

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