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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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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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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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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