Students and staff from Cowbridge Comprehensive School have been thanked by the Welsh Blood Service for giving the gift of life by donating blood.
More than 50 blood donations were recently given at a blood donation session held at the school. This was the second donation session to be held at the school, with over 100 donations collected across the two sessions.
Mrs Debra Thomas, Headteacher at Cowbridge Comprehensive School, was full of praise for her students’ willingness to help others in need:
“We are very proud of our students for their commitment to saving lives. Every blood donation made can save up to three lives so collectively our pupils have already potentially saved over three hundred lives in Wales!
“I am immensely proud of the students and staff for helping us reach these incredible figures.”
After making her first donation, sixth form student Darcy said:
“Donating blood isn’t all that scary. It is really important for students to join the programme as the Welsh Blood Service is always in need of new donors, so I would definitely say ‘do it’. I’m so glad I did!”
In the two sessions held at the school, more than 30 students have signed up to the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry, a database of over 35 million donors from across the globe whose unique bone marrow could make them the only person in the world capable of saving the life of someone in need of a transplant.
Cowbridge Comprehensive last year became the fourth school to start hosting blood donation sessions for its students and staff as part of the Welsh Blood Service’s comprehensive schools programme.
More than 1,300 donations have been taken at sixth form donation sessions to-date, enough to potentially save or improve the lives of more than 3,900 adults or 7,800 babies. Over 150 students have also signed up to the Welsh Bone Marrow Donation Registry.
Based on the success of schools like Cowbridge Comprehensive, the Welsh Blood Service recently launched an initiative to increase the number of schools hosting their very own donation sessions. New venues have since been established at: Monmouth Schools for Girls, alongside Monmouth School for Boys and Monmouth Comprehensive School; Olchfa (Swansea); Bassaleg (Newport); Y Pant (Talbot Green) and Whitchurch High School (Cardiff).
The new schools will help the Welsh Blood Service secure an additional 300 first time donors every year, with more eligible schools expected to join the programme in 2020.
To start your lifesaving journey today, please visit wbs.wales/CowbridgeCS or call 0800 252 266 to find your local donation clinic.