It's important to know your blood type. Not only does it help us to match your blood to patients who need your blood type.

It also means that when we're running low on a particular blood type, we can get in touch with the right donors straight away.

After you come in for your first donation, you'll be sent a Blood Donor Card with your blood type on it.

If you're not sure if you can donate blood, check your eligibility here.

Call 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) or click here to  book an appointment.