To mark 100 years of the Royal Welsh Show, the Welsh Blood Service is aiming for 100 visitors to discover their blood type and then book a lifesaving donation at their local clinic.
Alongside the commemorative celebrations at the showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, visitors at this year’s Royal Welsh Show are encouraged to try the Welsh Blood Service’s ‘What’s My Type?’ campaign at stand D251 between Monday 22 July and Thursday 25 July.
‘What’s My Type?’ aims to let members of the public discover their potential blood type in a matter of minutes, by taking a small pinprick of blood which reacts with solution to determine an individual’s likely blood type.
The Welsh Blood Service is hoping that the campaign will reach out to new blood donors, by making them aware of how their donation can help patients in need of a blood transfusion at hospitals across Wales
There are four main blood groups: A, B, AB and O; and each of these has a positive and negative type. While some blood types are more prominent than others, the service encourages donors of all blood types to step forward and donate, to ensure that there is enough blood to provide patients in need with lifesaving transfusions in hospitals across Wales.
Speaking at last year’s show, 21 year-old Elin Jones started giving blood after trying ‘What’s My Type?’:
“I’ve just found out that I’m A negative, which means my blood platelets are ‘universal’ and can be given to anyone, especially those suffering from blood cancers such as Leukaemia.
Blood donations received are separated into: red cells, platelets and plasma. Platelets are a blood component which are essential to stop bleeding and bruising, and can be vital for patients receiving treatment for cancers such as leukaemia.
Elin continued: “It was so quick and easy to find out, and I was also able to make an appointment for my first blood donation at the same time.
“Giving blood is something I’ve always wanted to do as my family donate too. I just never seemed to find the time to actually go ahead and book a donation.
“I always assumed it would take a long time to donate but you’re only actually donating for five to ten minutes.
“I can’t think of a better way of spending that time than helping someone in need.”
The Welsh Blood Service collects blood and platelet donations from eligible donors aged 17-66. The Service is also home to the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry, which allows 17-30 year olds to join the bone marrow register where they could potentially become a match for a blood cancer patient in need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.
To take part in the ‘What’s My Type’ challenge and find out your potential blood type, visit the Welsh Blood Service ‘What’s My Type’ stand D251 at the Royal Welsh Show from 22nd – 25th July. To enrol as a blood donor, click here.