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A mother who needed in-the-womb blood transfusions during her pregnancy and a man who depends on regular, lifesaving blood donations are encouraging communities across Wales to give ‘the best gift’ this Christmas by donating blood. The Welsh Blood Service is preparing to face Winter pressures on its services and is hoping their new Christmas campaign, … Continue reading Give someone the best gift this Christmas by giving blood

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A young blood donor from Swansea is on a mission to inspire other young people to follow in his footsteps. After losing his father to stomach cancer in 2014, Shaun Morgans became one of the youngest donors in the UK to make over 25 blood donations. Every donation can help up to three patients meaning … Continue reading Son’s pledge to raise awareness of blood donations after losing his father to cancer

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A female runner from Brecon is calling on running communities across Wales to donate blood after her father received blood donations during his battle with cancer. A devoted blood donor and runner, Helen Kendrick has given blood for two decades, making over 30 blood donations. Now Helen is supporting ‘Giving Runs in Your Blood’, a … Continue reading Brecon runner calls on the running community to save lives by giving blood

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Do you know someone whose life was saved by a blood donation? Or are you a proud blood donor who wants to do more to help others? For the first time ever, we have teamed up with Run4Wales to offer charity spots at its upcoming Newport 10k race (Sunday 24th October) in return for ‘donations with … Continue reading Welsh Blood Service and Run4Wales team up to offer ‘donations with a difference’ at the upcoming Newport 10k race

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Three men from Newtown, Powys are encouraging more people to give blood. Together they have made a combined 263 blood donations, providing enough blood to save the lives of over 700 adults or 1,500 babies.   Nicknamed the “Powys blood brothers”, Chris Reynolds, Mark Woodhouse and Dave Morris have committed decades to helping patients in … Continue reading Three “blood brothers” celebrated for helping hundreds of patients in need

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Amateur and professional runners across Wales are being called upon to become lifesaving blood donors through a new campaign from the Welsh Blood Service, Welsh Athletics and Run 4 Wales. Through the ‘Giving Runs in Your Blood‘ campaign, runners across Wales are being urged to support blood donation as part of their training programme and … Continue reading Welsh Blood Service partners with Welsh Athletics and Run 4 Wales to encourage the running community to ‘get set and give blood’

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A blood cancer survivor and North Wales footballer is urging people to become life-saving blood donors in Wales. Daniel Gosset, 26, from Y Felinheli, is known for his displays in midfield, playing for the likes of The New Saints, Rhyl, Bangor City, Cefn Druids and Bala Town. But following his diagnosis with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a … Continue reading Cancer survivor and footballer is urging Welsh communities to become lifesavers

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More people may be eligible to donate blood or platelets today in Wales on World Blood Donor Day (Monday 14 June) following changes to the eligibility questions asked.   All donors, regardless of gender, will now be asked a new set of questions about sexual behaviours, focused mainly on the last three months, meaning that … Continue reading Landmark blood donation changes introduced in Wales on World Blood Donor Day

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All blood and platelet donors in Wales and the UK will be asked new questions to check their eligibility to donate from 14 June, World Blood Donor Day. As part of a four-nations agreement, the new FAIR (For the Assessment of Individualised Risk) eligibility rules will allow more people to donate, while keeping the blood … Continue reading Wales to launch new blood donor safety assessment on World Blood Donor Day

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— Wales becomes first nation in the world to adopt red pitch markings — The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has announced it is launching a new innovation for its domestic leagues that will be a world-first on the football pitch. To promote its community partnership with the Welsh Blood Service, the FAW will be … Continue reading World-first initiative from FAW will leave a new mark on the football pitch

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The first donor in Wales to donate plasma through the Welsh Blood Service’s new ‘plasmapheresis’ process is calling on other males who have recovered from COVID-19 to consider donating their plasma to support medical trials. Clinical trials are currently underway to explore if the antibody-rich plasma of recovered Covid-19 patients could be used in the … Continue reading Wales’ first plasmapheresis donor backs call for more donors in Wales to step forward

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The Welsh Blood Service has partnered with the FAW’s JD Cymru Leagues and Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League to launch a brand-new campaign to encourage domestic football fans to donate blood. Through its ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign, clubs are being encouraged by the Welsh Blood Service to engage with their supporters and local communities … Continue reading Match of the Day: Welsh Blood Service teams up with FAW’s Cymru Leagues & WPWL urging supporters to save lives

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The Welsh Blood Service is calling on males that have tested positive for Covid-19 and recovered from the virus to help the NHS potentially save lives by donating their plasma. Two major UK clinical trials, RECOVERY and REMAP-CAP, are currently exploring if antibody-rich plasma from recovered Covid-19 patients could be used to treat patients battling … Continue reading Recovered Covid-19 patients urged to donate plasma through innovative new process

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A collaboration between the Welsh Blood Service and Public Health Wales will see a mobile blood collections vehicle being used as an abdominal aneurysm screening venue in Abergavenny town centre in November and December. Public Health Wales will be hosting its abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening on the Welsh Blood Service vehicle located at the … Continue reading Welsh Blood Service supports vital Public Health Wales screening programme

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Travelling to donate blood is classed as “essential travel” under Welsh Government guidance Blood donors across Wales are being asked to ‘keep donating’ during the Wales-wide firebreak to help the Welsh Blood Service maintain healthy blood stocks for the NHS. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Welsh Blood Service introduced a new collections schedule … Continue reading Blood donors asked to keep supporting during firebreak

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