Helping to raise awareness of the need for blood donors
Donating blood helps to save lives. Every second three people across the world receive a life changing blood transfusion. And every minute, thanks to blood donors, three units of blood are issued to hospitals in England to treat patients. But NHS Blood and Transplant is uniting with blood donor organisations across 21 countries to highlight an almost 30% international drop in people becoming blood donors compared to a decade ago.
The number of people becoming donors and giving blood for the first time in England decreased by 24.4% in 2015 compared to 2005. NHS Blood and Transplant – which first held Missing Type in England and North Wales in 2015 – this year brings together 25 blood services from 21 countries in a global campaign to call for new blood donors to ensure blood donation for future generations.
You can start donating blood across the UK from age 17. But last year in England only around 1 in 10 (11%) of blood donors were aged between 17 and 24, while more than half (54%) were aged 45 and over. Younger donors are important to ensure blood donation for future generations.
Throughout the campaign this year, As, Bs and Os, the letters of the main blood groups, will disappear in everyday and iconic locations around the globe. We're backing the campaign and will lose the Os to become V for the week.
To understand the issue we took a look at our own staff and visualised how missing blood types would affect us. Many people aren’t sure what blood type they are, so instead we pictured A, B and O as letters in people’s names, and had a look to see how we’d manage without them.
Of the 1,227 people working at OVO, 999 have at least one A, B or O in their first name. If they all disappeared, only 228 people would be left.
Of those 999, 6 people have all three letters in their first name – like Jacob. Without A, B or O, he’d be Jc.
What’s your name? Could you manage without A, B or O?
Helping fill in the missing types – give blood now
You won’t miss your blood when you give it, but other people could miss out if you don’t. There are blood donation sessions all year, all over the UK. Visit www.blood.co.uk/ now to find out when there’s one near you.