Mark Iliffe, 67 from Whitchurch was recognised by the Welsh Blood Service for saving up to 100 lives by giving blood ahead of World Blood Donor Day:
“From a young age, I had wanted to give blood donation a try. My mother regularly gave blood when I was growing up and my younger brother Paul, who was born prematurely may not have lived to see today if it were not for the blood transfusions he received when he was just a baby.
“Realising that the 100 donations I’ve made over the years may have saved or improved up to 300 lives has made me feel on top of the world, and reinforced the motivation that has kept me giving since I was 18.
“World Blood Donor Day is a great time to look at the next generation of donors, I’ve been giving blood for half a century next year and I’m sure if more people saw the difference giving blood makes – like I have, they would understand just how priceless a gift it is.”
Friday 14 June marks World Blood Donor Day, an awareness day for blood services across the globe to promote the importance of giving blood and the benefits it has on patients in need.
Blood and platelet donations can be used to help support patients in need across the country, from emergency situations such as serious accidents and childbirth complications to supporting cancer patients during chemotherapy treatment.
Alan Prosser, Director of the Welsh Blood Service, said:
“Blood stocks at the moment are in a healthy position and we have our loyal donors across the country to thank for helping us ensure we maintain a steady supply of blood products to the 19 hospitals we support across Wales.
“We know how difficult it can be for people to find an hour of spare time to donate which is why occasions such as World Blood Donor Day can really help encourage the next generation of milestone donors to take that first step.
“We need to continue increasing the number of people who donate, particularly those aged between 17 and 30 years old. If you’ve thought about giving blood before, now is a great time to try.”
The Welsh Blood Service needs to collect 350 blood donations every single day to supply hospitals with blood for patients in need. The Service relies entirely on the generosity of donors coming forward to save lives across Wales.
To start your lifesaving journey, click here or call 0800 252 266.