♡ Have a Heart: Give Blood ♡: 14 year old Bethany, who needs regular blood transfusions, holds hands with two donors.
• Eight British blood donors made a striking sight (see image gallery), parading around London with Circulatory System body art to raise awareness about blood donations. The UK National Health Service is concerned about an acute blood shortage this summer, when London will host Wimbledon, the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympic Games.
• A spokesperson said, “Every unit of blood saves or improves the life of three people.” In England, for example, only 4% of eligible people become donors. Blood is highly perishable. Red blood cells last 35 days and platelets only last for a week. So donations need to keep coming.