IT goes without saying that giving blood is one of the best things you can do.
Blood donations not only save lives in emergency situations but they also help those suffering from terminal illness enjoy a better quality of life too – here’s exactly where you can make a donation.
Getty – Contributor Each year the UK needs 200,000 new donors to make up for those who can only longer give blood
Where can I give blood?
There are over 23 permanent blood donation centres in all of the UK’s major cities.
Not to mention the makeshift venues that pop up in local church halls, sports centres, and football stadiums throughout the year.
You can book yourself in for a blood donation appointment at any of these permanent centres while the pop-up donation centres work on a drop-in basis.
New donors between the ages of 17-65 need to register online here before donating for the first time.
Alamy People aged 17-65 can give blood in the UK
Where can I find my local donation centre?
The official NHS blood donation website can track down you local centre by searching your postcode.
Once you have located your nearest centre, you can either call 0300 123 23 23 to make an appointment or book online.
Whatever your schedule, there’s always time to give blood.
How often can I donate blood?
You can donate just under a pint of blood every 16 weeks if you are a woman and every 12 if you are a man.
This is because it takes the body at least three months to replace all of its red blood cells.
As only people between the ages of 17-65 can donate blood, the UK currently needs over 200,000 new donors to meet the needs of hospitals.