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Scottish blood donor numbers down by 30%

Scottish blood donor numbers down by 30%

Throughout the campaign As, Bs and Os - the letters of the main blood groups - are disappearing in everyday and iconic locations around the globe including America, Australia, Japan and Ireland.

This year blood donor organisations from 21 countries - covering 1 billion people - are coming together for our Missing Type campaign.

Members of the public with tattoos must wait six months before they can donate blood. After receiving a few ounces of blood from her husband, the woman survived. "We are asking the people of Scotland to register as a blood donor, donate and support us by being blood group aware".

"I contacted the charity and said I'd like to help in any way that I could".

Last year, 11.3 cent of donors in Kirklees were aged 17 to 24 with 57.3per cent aged 45 or over.

It's actually down to a pretty clever campaign launched by the NHS in a bid to attract more blood givers. Other major supporters include Lloyds Bank, and Royal Mail, who is issuing a special postmark to support the campaign.

Faced with dwindling numbers of first-time blood donors, health services around the world are hoping to catch people's attention with - well, with nothing.

The NZ Blood Service received commitments from numerous brands, including Anchor, Pak'nSave, New World and NZME - publisher of the Wanganui Chronicle, Wanganui Midweek and New Zealand Herald - to omit the letters yesterday, kicking off the seven-day campaign.

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But Welsh Blood Service director Cath O'Brien said there was not a crisis in blood stocks.

Calgarians were invited to Canadian Blood Services Tuesday to learn their blood type and learn about how to become a donor.

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to give now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need.

"We need people from Buckinghamshire to register today as new blood donors at www.blood.co.uk".

There is a particular need for more young people and those of black or Asian backgrounds to become donors.

There are 126,471 active blood donors in Scotland, who have all given blood within the a year ago - less than 4% of the eligible population of people aged 17-70.

"Don't worry if you've never given blood before and don't know what blood group you are - you find out shortly after your first donation".

The SANBS thanked blood donors in a moving video called Talking Heads, and also highlighted the need for donors.

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