Millions of volunteers, hundreds of clinics, and a lot of blood: Our Future Health’s year in numbers

Spotlight – 22 December 2023
The UK’s largest health research programme has enjoyed a record-breaking 12 months

It’s been a busy year at Our Future Health. We became the UK’s largest ever health research programme, welcomed our millionth volunteer, and offered appointments at many new clinics around the country.

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to look back at our last 12 months (or the period from 1 January to 19 December), to be exact…

Top marks for attendance

Over the year, our amazing volunteers attended a whopping 480,107 appointments.  

That’s up from 41,258 in 2022.  

To be fair to 2022, it’s not an even contest. In 2023, we opened a huge number of clinics, so that more people could access appointments at convenient locations. 

In total, we offered appointments at clinics in 212 locations this year, from Sheffield to Coventry, Manchester to Bristol.

Of those clinics, one was especially popular – our most visited in the country.  

Take a bow Sheffield Crystal Peaks, where 15,097 people attended appointments at our clinic. 

We had our busiest clinic day on 15 November

2,238 appointments were completed around the country on that day.  

In total, our clinic staff collected 5,037 litres of blood over the course of 2023. 

And we measured so many participants that, if we stacked them all head-to-toe, they would reach from London to John O’Groats.  

That’s 811km, which would take Usain Bolt approximately 18.44 hours to run…at top speed. 

We also weighed a lot of people. The total combined weight of participants we weighed in 2023 was 37,312 metric tons

That’s roughly equivalent to around 3,109 double decker buses

A look ahead

There’s more to come from Our Future Health in 2024. Our goal is to reach five million volunteers – and you can help us get there. Sign up by hitting the button below, or share this link with friends and family. Together, we can help everyone live longer and healthier lives.

Let’s prevent disease together

By volunteering for Our Future Health, you can help health researchers discover new ways to prevent, detect and treat common conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s.

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