Young blood donor numbers drop14th June 2011
Experts have voiced their concerns at the drop in the number of young people giving blood over the last 10 years.
Over the course of the past decade, there are now 20% fewer blood donors aged 17 to 34, with 297,539 in 2001 and now only 237,520.
According to research carried out by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) many young people say they are too busy or are too worried about donating.
The number of eligible donors who give blood is only 4% and the majority of donors are aged above 40.
Only 14% of people who donate on a regular basis are aged under 30.
In a poll of 1,700 people across the country and 1,000 current donors, time pressures and worries were given as the main causes of people failing to donate blood.
In the 18-24 age group, one in 10 people said they were too busy to donate and one third said they were frightened of needles.
The NHS requires 7,000 voluntary donations of blood on a daily basis in order to care for its patients.
NHSBT assistant director of blood donation Jon Latham said: "We want to remind everyone that blood donation is one of the simplest ways you can save or improve a life - just one unit of blood can save the life of three adults or seven babies, and you can start donating from the age of 17."
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