Save a Life Today: New Innovative OOH Campaign Calls on the Nation to Donate Blood


The UK’s NHS Blood and Transplant authority, creative agency 23red and Out of Home (OOH) media owner Clear Channel harness real-time data and real recipients to encourage new blood donors for hospitals nationwide.

London, 28th January 2019: 23red alongside NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority part of the UK’s public healthcare body the NHS, today launches an innovative new outdoor advertising campaign with Clear Channel in a bid to rally residents nationwide to register as new blood donors.

Data from NHSBT shows that every day, hospitals in England need a staggering 6,000 blood donations, and to meet this demand, 200,000 new donors are needed every year.

Launching today across 100 of Clear Channel’s digital out of home screens in key English cities, the adverts call on the nation to give blood by displaying a range of dynamic content driven by first party data from the NHSBT.   This includes: information on the nearest donor centres including walking distance and appointments available; the volume of first-time donors seen in the past week and the number booked to give blood that day.

The use of data from NHSBT combined with the sheer variety of dynamic outputs in this campaign is remarkable. It uses real-time data from local donor centres, alongside images of real blood recipients to normalise blood donation while making it more personal and local.

The innovation comes from the immediacy, locality, and relevance of the data; the campaign targets people specifically in their local area and provides a suite of real-time information which supports the call to action to give blood. In doing so, it seeks to encourage people to visit their closest permanent donation centre, as opposed to relying on mobile donation centres, by making them more aware of how many other people are donating, are planning to donate, and just how close these centres are to them. 

The adverts will also feature photographs of real blood recipients shot by renowned photographer, Dylan Collard. The images reflect the diverse audiences that NHSBT needs to reach. For example, it includes photos of a black man and woman to try and inspire more black donors to help treat those with sickle cell disease, and an image of a mother and child, conveying the need for blood during childbirth.

The campaign is launching on Clear Channel digital sites in close proximity to permanent blood donor centres in the cities of Leeds, Sheffield, London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Gloucester, Bradford and Poole.

Sean Kinmont, Founding Partner and Creative Director of 23red, said: “Often people only think of blood donation when someone they know has needed it or when there’s a major accident. What we wanted to do with this campaign is to normalize blood donation by feeding live NHSBT blood donation data onto a digital screen on your high street, showing real appointments as well as blood donations happening in your neighbourhood. We hope the data-led approach combined with the emotive imagery strikes a chord with people.”

Ceri Rose, Director of Marketing and Communications at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “What we love about this campaign is that it tells an emotive story, through the imagery, to connect with specific donor groups that are needed. It also tells people where their nearest centre is and just how easy it is to start donating there on a regular basis. Our hope is that people start the New Year with good intentions and they will be inspired to register as new blood donors. For our amazing existing blood donors, it will remind them to support their local donor centre by highlighting available appointments to donate.”

Louise Stubbings, Creative Director at Clear Channel said, “This campaign is the gold standard for digital Out of Home – perfect planning to target the right locations, alongside data-led copy that’s relevant for the audience, and beautiful engaging visuals. It’s also a powerful example of the role the OOH sector can play in supporting communities tackle key issues and helping residents living in those areas. We’re exceptionally proud to be working with NHS Blood and Transplant and 23red on this campaign, which will make a real difference in saving lives around the UK.”

You can register and book an appointment to donate blood today by calling 0300 123 23 23 or by visiting


About NHSB Blood and Transplant

NHS Blood and Transplant is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority. We provide the blood donation service for England and the organ donation service for the UK. We also provide donated tissues, stem cells and cord blood. We are an essential part of the National Health Service (NHS) the UK’s public health authority, saving and improving lives through public donation.

NHS Blood and Transplant needs to collect 1.4 million units of blood each year to meet the needs of patients across England.

It is quick and easy to book an appointment to give blood. Call 0300 123 23 23 or visit 

About 23red

23red is the creative agency that gets people to do things. Because we know that getting people to do something (and do it now) is the most powerful way to make them feel and then think differently about your brand, a cause, or their own behaviour. We call it Do.Feel.Think.

This philosophy informs everything we do. It’s the foundation of our planning approach, it’s evident in the work we create, and it shines in the results we achieve.

Try it for yourself: smile, and you’ll feel happy. Instantly.

We’re masters in developing new strategies that focus on an immediate action and long-term change; creating new brands that are action orientated; and crafting activation campaigns that start with a do.

Our expert understanding of behaviour change means that we always deliver work that engages your audience through the most relevant channels – close to the point of purchase, influence, or change in behaviour.

To say hello, and see what we can do for you simply visit: 

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About Clear Channel

Clear Channel UK is one of the world’s leading Out of Home media owners with more than 40,000 sites nationwide. You’ll find Clear Channel advertising panels from Inverness in Scotland to Truro in Cornwall and in every major urban area in between.

From continued investment in classic Adshel bus stops to leading the digital Out of Home revolution, we continually find new and interesting ways to help brands meet people throughout the UK. Our dedicated team of more than 650 people work in 14 locations nationwide work to create and post stunning advertising, as well as cleaning and maintaining street furniture, making the urban environment better for local communities.

Clear Channel has long-term partnerships with advertisers, agencies, landlords and local authorities, helping advertisers reach people in public spaces on our classic and digital platforms across the country.

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