Pontypridd RFC has teamed up with the Welsh Blood Service to encourage Ponty fans to put their lockdown time to good use by giving essential blood donations.
Giving blood is considered ‘essential travel’ under the latest government guidelines and people across the local area who are fit and well are being called upon to make a lifesaving donation during the covid-19 pandemic.
Despite the pandemic, blood donations are still needed by hospitals across Wales to treat patients with a range of conditions, including mothers and babies during childbirth; cancer patients receiving chemotherapy as part of their treatment; and patients involved in emergency situations.
Each donation can save or improve up to three lives.
Blood stock levels in wales are currently healthy thanks to support from new and existing donors.
However, donors are being urged to attend their local donation session to ensure stocks remain sufficient to meet hospital demands.
Additional measures have been put in place during the pandemic at every blood donation session to make the experience as safe as possible for donors including:
- all donors and staff are asked additional questions upon arrival regarding covid-19;
- social distancing measures have been introduced throughout the donation process as well as a reduction in the number of donors on session at any one time; and,
- personal protective equipment (PPE) has been provided for staff.
Alan Prosser, Director of the Welsh Blood Service, said:
“Pontypridd RFC is an historic club and the heartbeat of its local community so we are thrilled they’re encouraging fans throughout the local area to consider giving blood.
“Blood donation is considered essential travel so if you’ve never given blood before and you are not currently self-isolating under the latest Government guidance for covid-19, please consider taking the time to book an appointment to donate.”
If you are aged 17-65, you can find and book your first blood donation session by clicking here.