Local residents recently took a detour from the supermarket aisles to the donation chair as they rolled up their sleeves to give blood at a Welsh Blood Service donation session at Tesco Penarth on Terra Nova Way.
Shoppers, staff and local residents were among the 64 people that attended to give blood, including 11 donors who donated for the first time. Collectively, the 64 donations collected could potentially save or improve the lives of up to 192 patients in need.
Barry resident Sarah Thompson, an employee at the superstore, used her lunch break to make a lifesaving donation.
She said: “Donating was very quick, easy and convenient. Since the Welsh Blood Service has been coming to Tesco, I have made an effort to give; whether it be on my break or at the end of the day.
“Many years ago, I experienced first-hand the importance of giving blood when my son, Adam, required blood following his premature birth.
“By donating, you could save someone’s life, whether that be a friend, relative or a complete stranger. You also never know when or why you may need a blood transfusion yourself.
“If you are able to give blood then please make an appointment and give it a try.”
The Welsh Blood Service needs to collect 100,000 units of blood each year to help patients across Wales. Blood is used to support patients with a range of needs, including replacing the blood lost during serious accidents, helping mothers and babies that require blood after childbirth, and supporting cancer patients through chemotherapy.
Penarth resident Jacqueline Haines, 66, was a nurse for 46 years within Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan before her retirement. During her time in nursing, Jacqui came to know first-hand the difference blood donations can make to patients in need in Wales.
She said: “I used to give blood intermittently for many years. However, it wasn’t until my brother was recently diagnosed with throat cancer that the importance of giving blood was pushed to the forefront of my mind once again.”
“My brother is now making a full recovery, but I still continue to give blood to help other patients of cancer and other illnesses across Wales.”
With a number of donation sessions available in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, there are many opportunities for new and existing donors to give blood.
The Welsh Blood Service will be at Tesco Penarth again on Tuesday 14th May. With availability throughout the day, you can book your appointment online here: wbs.wales/TescoPenarth
To find your nearest donation session and start your lifesaving journey click here or call 0800 252 266.