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Facebook has announced a partnership with the Welsh Blood Service, NHS Blood and Transplant service and the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service to help top up the blood donation pipeline with much-needed ‘new blood’. Launching today, Facebook’s new blood donation feature, which has already helped to recruit more than 70 million blood donors globally, will … Continue reading Facebook teams up with the Welsh Blood Service and NHS blood services in England and Northern Ireland to increase blood donations with new feature

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Three generations of a lifesaving Pontypool family have defied the odds by each being selected to donate their life-saving bone marrow to three complete strangers thousands of miles away.   Allan (65), Chris (33) and Corey Taylor (25) were all selected from the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry as the only suitable matches in the … Continue reading Three of a kind… Pontypool family defies the odds to give three lifesaving bone marrow donations

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Following the First Minister’s announcement that Welsh Government’s shielding guidance has been paused, the Welsh Blood Service is pleased to announce existing donors aged 70 or older, are once again able to donate. Up until the 16th August existing donors aged 70 or over had been temporarily deferred by the Welsh Blood Service in line … Continue reading 71 year old marks the return of donors aged 70 or over by making his 800th donation.

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A unique collaboration between the Welsh Blood Service and Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will see a Covid-19 field hospital in Bridgend being used to collect vital whole blood donations throughout August. The 400-bed field hospital, located at the site of the old Harman Becker unit in Bridgend, was rapidly established at the outset … Continue reading Bridgend Covid-19 field hospital to host lifesaving blood donation sessions

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A Carmarthen police officer has described the honour of potentially saving the life of a person fighting a rare form of cancer as he encourages others to sign up to the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry. When Dyfed-Powys Police PC Kieran Morris went through the stem cell donation procedure, he gave a blood cancer patient … Continue reading Police officer’s donation gives rare blood cancer patient a chance of survival

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The FAIR steering group has been exploring whether some gay and bisexual men might be able to donate blood without a deferral. The work has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic but it is progressing and the group is hoping to submit a report before the end of the year. FAIR (For the Assessment of … Continue reading Collaborative report into evidence on gay and bisexual men and blood donation still due in 2020

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Travelling to donate blood classed as “essential travel” under government guidance. Blood donors across Wales are being asked to ‘donate differently’ to maintain healthy blood stocks for the NHS during the Coronavirus pandemic. In response to the global pandemic, which has put pressure on the blood collections programme across Wales, the Welsh Blood Service is … Continue reading Blood donors asked to support coronavirus changes

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A granddaughter from Torfaen is thanking blood donors across Wales for giving her family valuable time with her grandfather after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. Holly Davies, 19 stated grandfather David Rees received over 60 blood and four platelet donations over an 18 month period after he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, … Continue reading Granddaughter thanks blood donors for giving grandfather priceless, “extra” year.

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“Save lives” for World Cancer Day says Caerphilly donor after reaching 1,000 donations. A retired steelworker from Caerphilly is calling on more people to give blood or platelets this World Cancer Day (February 4th) after he reached an incredible 1,000 donations for the Welsh Blood Service, a milestone which took over four decades to achieve. … Continue reading “Save lives” for World Cancer Day says Caerphilly donor after reaching 1,000 donations.

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Students and staff from Y Pant School, Talbot Green, have been thanked by the Welsh Blood Service for hosting their first blood donation clinic to help patients in need across the country. The school was also joined by students from Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, Beddau (Pontypridd). On the day, 61 blood donations were made, 42 … Continue reading Students and staff at Y Pant School potentially save over 180 lives

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#ChristmasPlusOne campaign This year we’re asking you to help promote your local clinic in three simple steps. 1. Choose the donation session you want to promote from the drop down list below. 2. Click ‘get my invitation’ and use the social media icons to share your donation session with friends. 3. Tell your friends to … Continue reading Christmas Plus One

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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 … Continue reading Cowbridge comprehensive students and staff roll up their sleeves to help save lives.

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