Swansea City FC and Wales international, Joe Rodon, is urging football fans to put their lockdown time to good use by giving blood and saving lives.
Swans fans have been without football since 7 March following a draw at the Liberty Stadium against West Bromwich Albion. In a video message recorded by the 22 year old, Rodon suggests fans should use this football-free time to support the Welsh Blood Service:
“During these unprecedented times, it is still vital that the Welsh Blood Service is able to support our NHS.
“Every day the Service needs to supply hospitals across Wales with the blood they require for the patients in need.”
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.
Rodon, from Llangyfelach, added:
“Blood donation is classed as essential travel so if you are fit and well, and don’t need to isolate please keep giving.”
Thanks to support from new and existing donors, blood stock levels in wales are currently in a healthy position. 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:
“We’ve always received fantastic support from Swansea City AFC and their fans and we are thrilled to add Wales international Joe Rodon to our list of supporters.
“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.
“For people living in Swansea we have sessions coming up soon at Swansea Grand Theatre, Port Talbot Royal Theatre and the Auditorium in Ystradgynlais.”
If you are aged 17-65, you can find and book your first blood donation session by clicking here.