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Why Donate

Why Donate?

Help Target a Cure... While Also Helping Yourself!

Feel great knowing that your donation could lead to a breakthrough discovery or help a patient enjoy a better quality of life. Compensation levels are different based on the type of collection performed or special recruitment requests from researchers. When your donation is complete, you’ll be compensated for your time and efforts.

Please call our donor centre for specific details.

On the Forefront of Discoveries


5 Benefits of Donating Blood that Lead to Instant Gratification

Need more reasons to donate blood? Here are five health benefits you may not have known about.

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Donate White Blood Cells through Leukapheresis

White blood cells, often called immune cells, are critical to scientist seeking to advance patient outcomes. Learn about the process of donating your immune cells through the apheresis process.

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How to Prepare for a Blood Donation

Whether you’re a first-time or veteran blood donor, it’s a good idea to review the steps you should take before, during and after donating.

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What’s Your Type?

What’s your blood type and why does it matter? Whether you’re AB-positive or O-negative, your blood donation is important to researchers!

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5 Reasons to Donate Blood During the Holiday Season

These five reasons to donate blood during the holidays may inspire you to give back in a meaningful way this year.

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No Vacations from Donations

Some people stop donating blood for research in the summer. That’s unfortunate, because blood donations are important all year long.

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How Blood Donation Helps Advance Medical Research

It's important for donors to understand the difference between donating blood for transfusion into patients versus use in scientific studies. Blood collections at CTLS support research and are necessary for the advancement of medicine.

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Donate Blood with a Friend

Sure, you can donate blood by yourself, but it’s even more rewarding to donate with a friend!

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4 Steps to Hosting a Successful Blood Drive

Hosting a blood drive is not a small endeavor but breaking it down into five tangible steps makes executing a drive easy.

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Donating Blood in the Long Term: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

There are many good reasons to give blood and over time donors experience even more benefits.

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"Point of Care" Testing and How Donors Contribute

It may not be a familiar term but chances are you've encountered one at a visit to your doctor or an emergency room. Point-of-care (PoC) testing enables more rapid analysis of patient specimens outside of a lab, near or at the site of patient care. Learn how our valued donors contribute to research and development of new PoC testing and the ways donors participate.

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Cervical Cancer and Advances in Immunotherapy

All women are at risk for cervical cancer, described as a malignant tumor of the cervix at the lowermost part of the uterus. Historically, treatments have been limited to surgery, radiation and chemotherapy but today, thanks in part to #bloodforresearch, scientist have developed vaccines and immunotherapies that target cervical tumors and improve outcomes.

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Scientific Milestone with COVID-19 Vaccine Development

It's no easy task to bring a vaccine to the public but scientists have been working tirelessly to do just that. Vaccine developers announced positive news regarding COVID-19 vaccine efficacy tests.

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Important Advances in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

A diagnosis of blood cancer, leukemia or lymphoma, was effectively a death sentence 50 years ago. Read about the developments in both diagnosis and treatment options that are changing this.

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The Next Wave of Immuno-Oncology

Want to understand what CAR-T, immuno-oncology and immunotherapy mean to cancer patients? Read this blog by Scientific American for information about the new therapy that has had unprecedented success in blood cancers (leukemia and lymphomas) as well as other tumor types.

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The Rise of Cancer Immunotherapy

This story from Nautilus explores the development of immunotherapy as a powerful cancer treatment.

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Attack of the Tregs

Attack of the Tregs!

This article explores how scientists are redirecting the body's immune regulatory system in response to autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and more.

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Donor Testimonials

Donors provided their testimony voluntarily and they were not paid to provide a review of CTLS. Donors are compensated for their donations, not their testimonials.

I first donated blood at CTLS in 2014 and since then I have been giving blood regularly, every three months. The staff at CTLS are always very kind and friendly, I have never had even the smallest bruise on my arm and I was never in pain after donation. It is great to have a chat with a staff member while I am drinking my coffee in the lounge after blood donation. I moved in 2016, however, I still go back to London to donate blood regularly, as I really like the service and the team. I always have nice memories of the days of blood donation, as I combine it with a sightseeing trip in London.

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I have been going to CTLS since 2018 and I find It is a great way to support the fight against incurable diseases. I encourage everybody to give blood as the staff at CTLS are extremely kind and helpful.

- Timea K.

I have donated blood with CTLS several times now and each time the staff have been professional and friendly. The centre is always very clean. I also won a promotional voucher for donating blood. I got a £50 Tesco voucher which was great. If you are thinking about donating blood, I would really recommend CTLS.

- Kayleigh D.

I feel comfortable, safe and warmly welcomed every time I visit the team. I've donated several times, both full blood and white blood cells. Each time, the person working with me has made sure that I understand what's going on and that I am happy with everything.

I've given blood with the NHS before, sometimes feeling quite a sharp scratch when the needle was inserted, resulting in a bruise. This hasn't happened with my donations at CTLS; they're diligent and very careful.

Every member of the team is so friendly, it's such a pleasure to walk in and say 'hello' to everyone. This is a really important factor which I really appreciate. I wholeheartedly recommend CTLS.

- Ben H.

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