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The rules around donating depend on whether you have ever donated before.

New donors

Under 17

You can become a donor as soon as you reach your 17th birthday.

Under 66

If you are a new donor, you can start giving blood anytime up to and including your 66th birthday.

Returning donors

If you have given blood before, even if it was some time ago, you can donate up until your 70th birthday.

There is no upper age limit for giving blood, after your 70th birthday providing you are in good health, you can continue to give blood as long as you have successfully donated within the last 2 years.

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