- 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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Wet and windy spells, interspersed with drier interludes this week. Wintry showers and variable temperatures. Gales and a weather warning