Anne Mann, 63 from Treorchy was recognised by the Welsh Blood Service for saving up to 100 lives by giving blood ahead of World Blood Donor Day.
“My father regularly gave blood throughout his lifetime, making over 100 donations. I first thought about giving blood in the 1970s following the troubles in Northern Ireland and the pub bombings in Birmingham, close to where I was living at the time. At the age of 21, I made my first donation in the West Midlands, and have continued to give with the Welsh Blood Service since settling in Wales in 2004.
“I was always happy to donate, in the knowledge that my blood may go on to help others who are in need of transfusions. My daughter lost blood following an operation at hospital, and therefore required blood transfusions.
“This World Blood Donor Day, consider giving blood, and make an appointment to donate, it’s an hour maximum out of your day and by doing so, you could be giving someone and their family vital extra time together.”
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.