Blood cannot be manufactured; donations from healthy individuals are the only source. Many people who have never donated blood say it is because they have never been asked!
‘Raising the awareness for Blood Donation’ is one of the major events that is running in London to inform people of the ever present need for blood and its donors. The Olympics and Paralympics are expected to bring an extra 1.2million visitors to the UK and tourists from overseas will also put pressure on certain blood groups that are more common in other countries. Additionally, people who might normally donate, are caught up in the olympic hype and forget to donate. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is preparing for this inevitable drop by raising awareness for blood donation on the streets of London, as seen here.
This year we have a unique situation and need the public’s help to counterbalance the inevitable dip in donations as people celebrate a memorable summer for the country. Every unit of blood saves or improves the life of three people. We obviously want to make sure everyone enjoys the Games, and want to make sure that if there are any accidents we have the blood supplies to help them recover quickly.Jon Latham, spokesman for NHS
Painted blood donors in London (Picture: Adrian Brooks/PA)