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Many people already give blood potentially saving lives. The blood can be used for all different things from vital life saving blood to helping improve someones way of life. For some people it's bone marrow that is needed, and when it's required it really is about saving a life.

You hear stories about those in need of bone marrow, particularly when someone young is in urgent need. The chance of getting a good match is improved by the more people that join the register.

To join you just need to say when you next give blood and all they do is fill an extra "test tube" with some blood during the session. Your details are then registered on the system, and then you may or may not be contacted when someone is in need. There is no mandatory commitment after that, so if you suddenly feel you can't go through with the procedure you can still back-out, although you shouldn't join the scheme unless you are serious about actually donating if you are requested.

Read about my experience of joining the National Bone Marrow donor register.

The two important factors are:

You must be aged between 18 and 49?

and

You must be prepared to give blood?

For more information on what it involves go to: National Blood Service - Bone Marrow Information.

To make an appointment to give blood (and perhaps register for as a bone marrow donor) visit The national blood service.

Or Call 0845 7 711 711