National Blood Week – 11th June – 17th June

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It’s time to roll your sleeves up during National Blood Week 2012. National Blood Week runs from Monday 11th June to Sunday 17th June.

Falling within National Blood Week is World Blood Donor Day which is being held on 14th June.

The theme of the 2012 World Blood Donor Day campaign, “Every blood donor is a hero” focuses on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving blood, the theme also strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly.

Countries worldwide celebrate with events to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

There are just over six weeks left until the start of the London 2012 Olympics and with the London 2012 Paralympics following just weeks after, all eyes are on England’s capital city to see how it will host an international sporting event of such magnitude. So rather than focusing on the readiness of the Olympic stadium and the rest of the venues around the country, Healthcare Global decided to look at how services, such as the National Health Service (NHS), in the UK are preparing for the Games.

Since late 2011/early 2012, NHSBT has been trying to make people aware of the importance of blood donations not only in the run up to London 2012, but also during 2012’s other major events; Euro 2012, Wimbledon and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration. NHSBT know from research that when there is a big sporting event, such as the Olympics, they see a drop in people volunteering to give blood, as they are more interested in watching the event. As a result, NHSBT is trying to boost its blood stocks by 30% by the start of London 2012. Although they are trying to boost stocks of all the eight blood types, they are particularly keen to increase supplies of O- (the universal blood type that can be given to anyone), B- and A- (which are particularly popular in African and Asian communities), and O+ (the most common blood type in the UK).

They are going to be working hard to collect as much as they can of those four blood types, not to put too much pressure when dealing with people who have come into the country.

NHSBT’s efforts have been supported by eight celebrities, with each one representing a different blood type. Dubbed ‘Team Give Blood’, captains include ex-footballer Gary Lineker, Olympic gold medallist and ice-skater Jayne Torvill, and Olympic skier Graham Bell. They will be using their own social media channels to encourage members of the public to donate and become part of Team Give Blood. Gary Lineker is part of the ‘Team Give Blood’ campaign (see video attached).

96% of us rely on the other 4% to give blood. Please don’t leave it to someone else.

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9 thoughts on “National Blood Week – 11th June – 17th June”

  1. SirClucky says:

    There is now a Poll on the Wicid homepage about whether YOU have donated blood before.

    Please go answer so we can post the result next week!

  2. BethanTheBarmy says:

    I can’t donate blood this week because I’m tied to my desk, revising! I will however, be giving blood in a fortnight for the second time. Woo.

  3. Ollys_Direction says:

    My iron is too low for me to do so. Gutted! I have always been scared but after having my blood test a few weeks ago, I’m up for doing it. But now I’m up for it, I can’t! Typical. As soon as I build my iron back up (and I haven’t got too much going on) I will be donating! X

  4. Ollys_Direction says:

    Did I tell you what happened when I had my blood taken? It took them 20 minutes to find my veins! My elbows bend backward so it’s hard to find them. I was so worried! But it was kind of funny… I mean, typical for something to go wrong when it’s me. Hehehe x

  5. SirClucky says:

    It’s difficult to take blood from anyone in my family, the doctors always tell us it’s like getting blood out of stone, they can never find our veins!


  6. Ollys_Direction says:

    @SirClucky SAME! Only all my family are fine except me. Do your arms bend backwards? That was the most unusual question ever. But yeah, that’s what’s with me. Stupid, isn’t it? X

  7. SirClucky says:

    Not that i’m aware … elbows?

    And also having tattoos or piercings means you usually can’t donate for 6 – 12 months.

    On top of which up until last November it was illegal for gay men to donate blood – it’s since been legalised 🙂

    Let’s have a blood party! …….. Now that’s the weirdiest thing I’ve ever said! xx

  8. Ollys_Direction says:

    Yeah, elbows. But they say arms for some reason..

    It irritates me that people who are not heterosexual are unable to do this like donate blood. I know it’s legal now, but still. It’s like saying you can’t do so because of your race. It’s all the same stuff on the inside. All one heart, blood, muscles, brain,etc. makes me really annoyed.

    BLOOD PARTAAAAY! Hey! Good idea actually. Have a day held where organisations come together to talk about the importance of giving blood and stuff, information booths, entertainment because well, it attracts people and even one of those truck things where you go to donate! You’re such a smart noodle, Mart! X

  9. Toriabeth! says:

    My veins are all sticky-outy so it’s easy when I have a blood test! I’m not old enough yet though, don’t you have to be 17? I might in the future, see if I can! 😛
    And it’s rediculous that gay men weren’t able to until recently. Honestly, it’s a medieval attitude! And a blood party? Don’t invite any vampires, for goodness sake! D:

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