Urdd Eisteddfod visitors encouraged to start their lifesaving journey by discovering their blood type

The Welsh Blood Service have been encouraging young people aged 17 and over to start giving blood by finding out their blood type at the Urdd Eisteddfod from Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June 2018.

The national campaign, titled ‘What’s My Type?’, involves a simple process using one small pinprick of blood to reveal the participant’s most likely blood type in just a few minutes.

Student Adam Mounce, 23, from Bridgend, is one of the latest individuals to take part in the campaign. He said: “I’ve always wanted to donate blood, but had just never got round to it

“The test was quick and painless, and I found out that my O negative blood type is the only type that can be given to anyone in an emergency, which has definitely encouraged me to book an appointment.”

The Welsh Blood Service is hoping its ‘What’s My Type?’ campaign will help encourage new young donors to make their first blood donation.

Jonathan Ellis, Head of Donor Engagement at the Welsh Blood Service, said: “We’re really looking forward to running our blood donor campaign alongside the Urdd – the largest organisation for children and young people in Wales.

“Only three percent of the eligible population in Wales currently give blood so it’s vital we educate younger audiences on how valuable a donation of blood can be to a patient in need.”

“We’re hoping that encouraging the public to find out their blood type will help ensure a steady supply of blood products to the hospitals we support across Wales each day.”

To find out your potential blood type at the Urdd Eisteddfod this year, visit the Welsh Blood Service at stand 47, or call 0800 252 266 for more information.