Karen’s story

A Caernarfon woman who received three units of blood after trauma during childbirth is using World Blood Donor Day (June 14) to say a big ‘thank you’ to blood donors across Wales.

Karen White, 36 of Groeslon, received three units of blood at Ysbyty Gwynedd to support her recovery from a serious Haematoma after having an emergency C-section.

Karen said: “Without the blood I received when I desperately needed it, I wouldn’t be here today with my two beautiful children.”

“I want donors to know that their blood can transform people’s lives. Donors almost never meet the recipients of their blood but it’s important they know just how grateful us recipients are for the gift of life that they’ve given us.”

World Blood Donor Day is an international awareness day to thank voluntary blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. The day also raises awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.

This year, World Blood Donor Day falls during an international blood donor awareness campaign, Missing Type. During the campaign, organisations and individuals across Wales have united in dropping the letters A, B and O from their social media profile to raise awareness of the importance of the key blood groups.

Cath O’Brien, Director of the Welsh Blood Service said: “To us, every blood donor is a hero and World Blood Donor day is an important opportunity for us to thank them for their unwavering support.

“There are around 90,000 blood donors across Wales who have donated at least once in the past two years. Many of our donors routinely give at every opportunity with some reaching 50, 75 or even 100 donations!

“With one unit of blood potentially able to help up to three patients, these donors are having a major impact on people’s lives. Without blood donors, the world would be a very different place for patients.”

The Welsh Blood Service hosts over 1600 blood donation sessions across Wales each year, collecting almost 100,000 units of blood. Blood collected in Wales is supplied to 19 hospitals across the country.

Anyone interested in giving blood can visit welsh-blood.org or call 0800 252266 to book an appointment at a clinic near them.