Give Back by Donating Blood, Hair, and These 5 Other Things ...

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Are you on the donor register?

If you haven't yet signed up, you should definitely consider doing so - you could save someone's life!

But you don't have to wait until you've passed away to be a donor;

it is actually possible to donate certain parts of your body while you're still alive.

Here's how you can give back by donating …

1. Blood

Giving blood is a lifesaver, so if you qualify to be a donor please consider becoming a regular donor.

People from ethnic minorities and with more rare blood groups are particularly in demand.

Because blood can only be kept short-term, a constant supply of donors is needed.

It's quick, simple and you'll soon make the blood to replace it, so don't be put off - sign up today.

2. Hair

Are you going for the chop and cutting off your long hair?

Put it to good use and donate it to an organisation like Locks For Love or Children With Hair Loss.

These brilliant organisations collect hair and make it into wigs for children who've suffered hair loss.

Your cut-off hair will need to be in good condition, and measure at least 8-10 inches, depending on the organisation.

3. Bone Marrow

Join a bone marrow register, and you could save the life of someone with leukemia or another disorder.

There are two ways of donating.

Stem cells may be taken from your blood, or bone marrow may be removed from your bone.

You'll need a simple blood test to join the register.

4. After Childbirth

If you're pregnant, or have a relative or friend who's pregnant, consider donating the amniotic membrane after the baby's born.

This is the innermost layer of the placenta.

Extraordinarily, this can be used in many different surgeries.2

The amniotic membrane has healing properties and can be used to help heal wounds or in eye surgery, for example.

Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
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