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National Blood Donor Week 2022

Howard Provis, platelet donor

National Blood Donor Week!

Monday 13 June marks the beginning of National Blood Donor Week.

National Blood Donor Week is a week where we raise awareness of the lifesaving importance of blood donation to encourage those who have never donated to give it a go.

These donations play a vital role in saving lives each day by supporting a range of treatments, from helping recovering accident victims and patients with blood cancers to supporting mothers and new-born babies during childbirth. The Welsh Blood Service supports 20 hospitals across the country and relies on donations from blood, platelet and bone marrow donors to support patients in need.

Can I donate? Book a blood donation Help fight blood cancer by joining our bone marrow registry How to help without donating

During Blood Donor Week we are going to be sharing content across our social media platforms, from stories of blood recipients to the reasons why our donors choose to donate. Each day will be themed and will provide a platform for us to focus on a specific aspect of our service.

The week also incorporates World Blood Donor Day on June 14 which is an annual event organised by the World Health Organisation.

One year on.

Tuesday 14 June will also see the one-year anniversary since blood donation rules in the UK were changed, meaning that more people from LGBTQ+ communities will be eligible to donate.

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Who can donate blood?

We encourage and welcome most adults to give blood. There are some reasons people can’t donate, but not as many as people think! Anyone who fits in with the criteria below may be able to give blood. If you are:

  • Between the age of 17 and 66 (for your first donation)
  • Weigh over 7 stone 12 pounds (50kg)
  • Healthy and not subject to medical exclusions

Aged 17-30? Helping those with blood cancer has never been easier.

Did you know that 75% of patients in the UK waiting for a bone marrow transplant won’t find a matching donor in their families?

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Donating isn’t the only way to help.

There are so many other ways you can make a lifesaving difference to patients.

Could you help us encourage people to donate with us? We’re looking for supporters who can help us by spreading the word and shouting about the importance of donating whether it’s blood, platelets or bone marrow.

Here are some of the ways you can help us to get the message out there and support people in Wales who need donations:

  • Display a poster at work or in your local area
  • Promote our donation clinics with family, friends and colleagues
  • Sharing resources about the lifesaving difference donating makes

Find your nearest donation session

Click on the link to check your eligibility and find your nearest donation session.

Save lives.

Book your donation today.

Book your donation today.