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These Mums are here today thanks to blood donors - Sophie’s Story

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The Nott Family are helping the Welsh Blood Service to call upon Dads to roll up their sleeves and give blood!

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Can you imagine searching for the one person in the world who could save your life?

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Blood donor Andrew Keeping shares his story

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These Mums are here today thanks to blood donors - Tracey’s Story

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Emily is aged 5 and is a happy little girl who loves dancing and riding her pink bicycle. She loves the Disney movie ‘Frozen’ and her cuddly friend Bed-Ted is never very far from her side.

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These Mums are here today thanks to blood donors - Julie’s Story

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The Rees family home is busy, warm and filled with lots of love.

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To Ghana, from Wales!

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The Welsh Blood Service (WBS) donated a blood collection vehicle to The National Blood Transfusion Services of Ghana (NBSG) on May 20th 2014.

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All Wales Blood Service Programme – Update Statement for WBS Website (April 2014)

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The below information provides an update on work being done to launch an All Wales Blood Service – to collect blood across Wales to meet the needs of Welsh hospitals.

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Welsh Blood Day 2014!

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Huge thanks to everyone who took part in this year’s Welsh Blood Day celebrations on February 28th.

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Diary of a Donor (Part Four) by Dan Wagstaff

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Dan very kindly agreed to document his journey as a bone marrow donor and we will be sharing his experience throughout this week.

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Diary of a Donor (Part Three) by Dan Wagstaff

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Dan very kindly agreed to document his journey as a bone marrow donor and we will be sharing his experience throughout this week.

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Diary of a Donor (Part Two) by Dan Wagstaff

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Dan very kindly agreed to document his journey as a bone marrow donor and we will be sharing his experience throughout this week.

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Diary of a Donor by Dan Wagstaff

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Dan very kindly agreed to document his journey as a bone marrow donor and we will be sharing his experience throughout this week.

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The Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, unveiled the new fleet of Welsh Blood Service vehicles

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The Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, unveiled the new fleet of Welsh Blood Service vehicles funded through a £900,000 investment from the Welsh Government.

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Working in Partnership

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Blood cancer patients who need lifesaving bone marrow transplants will benefit from a new scheme to speed up the search for a suitable match.

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Church joins campaign to boost blood and organ donors

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Sign up as a blood and organ donor and give the precious gift of life – that’s the message of the Church in Wales as it joins an NHS campaign to boost donor numbers in Wales.

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World Blood Donor Day - Julie

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Julie was a blood donor and had made 22 donations when she encountered complications during the birth of her third child.

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World Blood Donor Day - William

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One day at football training, 6 year old William was feeling more tired than usual.

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World Blood Donor Day - Tegan

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Did you know that blood donors help some patients before they are born?

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World Blood Donor Day - Larry

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When Larry’s Mum was diagnosed with Leukaemia last year, it was understandably a massive shock to the whole family.

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World Blood Donor Day - Phoebe

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Phoebe was a bright, happy healthy little girl until she woke up one morning in August 2011 and couldn’t co-ordinate walking across her bedroom.

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World Blood Donor Day - Nancy

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Nancy was born with several heart complications and at just 10 months old she underwent a seven hour major heart surgery, where she needed blood and platelets to survive.

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Congratulations Martyn!

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Martyn Rees, a blood donor from Bridgend recently made his 50th donation and we were there to have a chat with him and his family about reaching this milestone.

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Give Blood, Save Lives

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Ishrat Chowdhury in Year Eight at Howell’s School, Cardiff recently had a tour of our WBS headquarters in Talbot Green. This is her account of her visit.

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If you had one hour to spare what would you do?

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Julie Croad, Blood donor shares her donation experience

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To Everybody who donates blood

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My name is Tegan Rees and I am 4 months old. My family and I wanted to thank you, as without your help I would not be here!

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Radio Day at Real Radio in Support of Welsh Blood Day

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By Hollie Wong

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Statement from the Welsh Blood Service

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The Welsh Blood Service would like to express its sincere thanks to the donors and the public in Wales for their incredible support following the tragic incident on Friday evening.

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50 WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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Gillian Davies from Treffgarne marked her 50th birthday by donating blood for the 50th time at the session in Haverfordwest.

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Over 1,100 NHS Wales staff sign up to become Champions for Health

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More than 1,100 NHS Wales staff have signed up to take part in Champions for Health, a new campaign to encourage healthier lifestyles.

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Roll Up Your Sleeve!

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The Welsh Blood Service needs to collect over 400 donations every day.

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Everyday Heroes

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The blood donor featured in our Everyday Heroes Campaign is Geraint Davies from Bridgend.

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Wales Hero Sam Warburton supports World Blood Donor Day!

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The theme of the 2012 World Blood Donor Day campaign, “Every blood donor is a hero” focuses on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving blood.

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Newport Gwent Dragons Heroes meet the SuperHeroes of Maindee Primary School

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Newport Gwent Dragons Heroes Nathan Buck and Lewis Evans visited the SuperHeroes of Maindee Primary School to show their support for World Blood Donor Day.

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Ospreys Stars meet the SuperHeroes of Pentre’r Graig Primary School

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In support of World Blood Donor Day two of the Ospreys stars visited Pentre’r Graig Primary School where the children (and teachers!) had dressed up as ‘super heroes’ to help raise awareness of the importance of giving blood.

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Let's Play - Sam's Story

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Like all new parents, Fiona & Nick were over the moon when baby Sam arrived safely into the world – a healthy baby and a little brother to Harry.

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More donors needed - Andrew's Story

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At the age of 25, Andrew Gooch was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and a bone marrow transplant became his only chance of survival.

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The Road to the Olympics

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The Olympic flame arrived in the UK in May before embarking on its 70 day journey, bringing the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games to the entire country.

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New Transfusion Therapy Initiative

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The Minister for Health & Social Services, Lesley Griffiths visited the Welsh Blood Service to meet a group of nurses, midwives and pharmacists who are expanding their knowledge of blood component transfusion to provide appropriate and timely care

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“Give Blood, Save Lives” urges Health Minister

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The Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths, is urging everyone who is able to give blood to step up as we head towards the holiday period.

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Stay connected at our Talbot Green Clinic

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We now have free wi-fi at our Talbot Green Donation Clinic

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Festive Cheer in our Clinic!

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Staff and donors helped spread some Christmas cheer by wearing their festive hats in our Talbot Green Donation Clinic.

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WEST NILE VIRUS

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If you visit Canada, the USA........

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Change in Donor Selection Guidelines

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The guidelines for accepting male donors who have had sex with another man have changed

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New test introduced for Bone Marrow compatibility

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The Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry is the first in the UK to introduce a new high resolution test which gives an accurate result of genetic compatibility between donor and patient for transplantation (tissue-typing).

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Hospitals don't take holidays

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The little boy in our summer campaign is Charlie. This is his story....

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Tracey’s Story

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At the age of seventeen, Tracey West needed emergency surgery to remove a part of her bowel. During surgery and throughout her time in intensive care, Tracey required numerous amounts of blood transfusions.

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The WRU raise a flag for World Blood Donor Day

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Countries worldwide celebrated World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) with events to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to honour and thank millions of voluntary unpaid donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

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The National Assembly for Wales goes ‘red’ at The Senedd

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World Blood Donor Day is celebrated by blood services worldwide and takes place every year on 14th June. The chosen date has particular significance as it marks the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize winner in 1930, who discovered the ABO blood

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The Welsh Blood Service ‘Paints the World Red’!

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To raise awareness of the importance of regular blood donation the World Health Organisation called upon blood services across the globe to help ‘Paint the World Red’.

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Budding Artists at the Welsh Blood Service!

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We invited children from twenty six primary schools in the local area to be creative and enter a colouring competition to help promote and raise awareness of our life-saving organisation.

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Olympic Gold Medal Cyclist Geraint Thomas visits our clinic in Talbot Green

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Beijing gold medal cyclist Geraint Thomas took time out from training for the Tour De France to visit the Welsh Blood Service newly refurbished clinic in Talbot Green.

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TRAVEL IN COUNTRIES WITH A RISK OF MALARIA

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If you are unsure whether the countries you have visited are at risk of malaria please contact us before you visit one of our blood donation clinics to avoid a wasted journey.

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DONORS WHO HAVE HAD TATTOOS, BODY PIERCING OR COSMETIC TREATMENT INVOLVING SKIN PIERCING

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The Welsh Blood Service is pleased to announce that it is once again able to accept blood donations from donors 4 months after having a tattoo, body piercing or cosmetic treatment involving skin piercing.

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THANK YOU

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Christmas and New Year was a very challenging time for the Welsh Blood Service

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Do you have a story to share?

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We occasionally need human interest stories to highlight the importance of blood and platelet donation.

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AN URGENT APPEAL FROM THE WELSH BLOOD SERVICE

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The Welsh Blood Service, which collects blood in South, West and mid Wales, is making an urgent appeal for blood donors of groups O Rhesus Positive, A Rhesus Positive or O Rhesus Negative to come forward throughout January and make a lifesaving donation.

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Our Christmas Campaign

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The little girl in our Christmas poster campaign is Orla Galton. Here is her story.

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Please take the time to save a life

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Childhood is meant to be carefree – a time for fun and adventures. But some children can face a lifetime of needing pain control treatments and regular blood transfusions to help manage the condition, sickle cell anaemia.

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A Warm Welcome to Our Clinic

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A blood donation clinic has opened at Welsh Blood Service HQ, Talbot Green

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Make a Difference

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The Welsh Blood Service is seeking everyday heroes whose gift can help ‘make a difference’.

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Blood Safety Tests

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World Blood Donor Day 2010

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World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is celebrated on June 14th every year. It is an opportunity to express gratitude to those who donate their blood in order to save lives, without expecting anything in return.

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John Hartson supports The Welsh Blood Service

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Football star John Hartson helped launch a new drive to recruit more platelet donors in a bid to maintain the supply of platelets to our Welsh hospitals.

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Platelet Awareness Day

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Minister for Health & Social Services, Edwina Hart AM and football star John Hartson helped launch a new drive to recruit more platelet donors in a bid to maintain the supply of platelets to our Welsh hospitals.

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BBC Television goes ‘Behind the Scenes’!

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Have you ever wondered what happens to the bag of blood you donate?

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