Blood Donation - Results of the benenden blood donation survey

World Blood Donor Day has been integral to helping us realise that, despite the fact that 25% of us will need a blood transfusion during our lifetime, just 4% of the UK population are currently blood donors. We wanted to examine some of the possible reasons behind why people may not give blood, whilst helping to raise the profile of World Blood Donor Day on the 14th June.

We have conducted a survey, designed infographics and even created a Twitter map visualising just where in the country people are tweeting about their blood donations. We uncovered some really interesting facts and statistics, and the good news is that you can read up on them all below in our Blood Donor information hub.

Simply click each of the icons below to take a look and, you never know, you could find yourself inspired to give blood yourself. After all, just one donation could save three separate lives.

Blood and the reasons to give

In England alone, more than 8,000 blood transfusions happen every day. Nevertheless, just 4% of adults are currently donors, even though many would satisfy the eligibility criteria...

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Blood: The facts of the matter

How much do you know about blood? Here are 15 interesting facts of on that life-giving substance, including the 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body and how many people a pint of blood can help...

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Blood donation and social media

What can social media tell us about blood donation? In this graphical presentation we have explored the use of two popular hashtags; #giveblood and #gaveblood...

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Blood donation survey infographic

Blood donation infographic

See a visual representation of the results from our blood donation survey.

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Blood donation survey results

Blood donation graphic

See the full results from our blood donation survey here. 

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#gaveblood twitter map

Gaveblood twitter map UK

See where in the UK people are sharing their blood donations on Twitter.

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Safe blood for saving mothers

That's the theme for this years World Blood Donor Day. The tragic reality is that globally almost 800 women die every day from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications...

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Bone marrow appeal

For many blood cancer patients, a stem cell or bone marrow transplant can represent their final hope. Paul Clark reports on the urgent need for more donors....

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