John Dennis, 58 from Lliswery in Newport was recognised by the Welsh Blood Service for reaching the highest blood donation milestone of 100 donations at an award ceremony in Cardiff – an award which takes a minimum of 30 years to achieve:
“Giving blood is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.
“My brother Graham was recently hospitalised with anaemia, and had to receive blood as a consequence. Knowing that each one of my 100 donations has gone to help other patients in hospital has made giving blood over the years all the more enjoyable.
“I would encourage everyone, especially the younger generations to consider giving blood if they can this World Blood Donor Day, your decision to donate could save someone’s life.”
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.