Married couple Carl and Martin from Newbridge are now eligible to donate following the criteria change.
Carl, a Quality Manager, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be booked in to donate under these changes. I’m grateful for the efforts of campaigners, academics and clinicians who have made this happen. It is only fair in today’s society that everyone’s behaviours should be treated the same and not by the gender of their partner”.
Sales Manager Martin, added: “Today is a very special day for Carl and I. Together we can now make potentially lifesaving donations to help patients in need. My father had numerous blood transfusions and I am forever grateful to those donors for their support. My niece also received many blood transfusions during her treatment for leukaemia. She is now thankfully in full remission and I am absolutely delighted to potentially help someone like her recover from such a serious illness.”
Shane Andrews MBE, also booked to donate for the first time on Monday, June 14.
Shane said: “As Chair of Archway (Network Rail’s LGBT+ employee network), I have been heavily involved in improving diversity and inclusivity in the rail industry and I am delighted I am now part of these changes introduced today.
“Today is my first donation but it definitely won’t be my last. I intend to donate regularly now and feel honoured to commence my lifesaving journey on World Blood Donor Day but also during Pride month.”
The First Minister gave his 50th blood donation today alongside blood donors eligible for the first time.