Just 6% of the eligible population have given blood
Assuming that everybody who donated blood did so once, that would mean one person in 41 in Tyne and Wear has given blood
Kevan Moore, 66, from Bromborough, has given blood
85 times, having started donating in his late teens: "I was an apprentice gas fitter and first donated when they came round to my workplace.
"The process of blood donation may be off-putting to those who have never given blood
before as there is an element of the unknown.
After you have given blood
, we will ask you to rest for a short while and then have some light refreshments.
Ryan's dad Jeroen, 34, had never given blood
but is now a regular donor.
I know it's not always front of mind when you are thinking of taking a holiday but if you've never given blood
before, please take just a few minutes out of your busy day to register your details on the register.
Together, they have given blood
more than 450 times.
UK Health Secretary John Reid announced this week that 17 people have been given blood
from donors subsequently diagnosed with variant CJD.
AT least 100 men - all haemophiliacs - have been given blood
containing new variant CJD.
Tony Hancock provided the inspiration for a Midland man who has just given blood
for the 500th time.
Many who donated as a tribute to the 54-year-old business leader had never given blood