Selwyn Roberts, 74 from Pontyclun was recognised by the Welsh Blood Service for saving up to 100 lives by giving blood ahead of World Blood Donor Day:
“I would encourage anyone toying with the idea, especially the younger generations, to sign up and think of the difference you could make by giving blood, it doesn’t cost you money, and it isn’t painful.
“I started giving blood while working as an apprentice aged 18 years old. I didn’t start donating for any particular reason, however my daughter received a blood transfusions during childbirth. It was always my ambition to help other people in need, the same way someone has gone on to help my daughter during her hour of need.”
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.